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Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner has called the Insulate Britain protests “tone deaf”

More protesters were arrested yesterday, after blocking a junction of the M25 in Hertfordshire, calling for homes to be more energy efficient.

Lisa Townsend says some of the offences are not prisonable, and is calling for more police powers.


Home Secretary, Priti Patel said:

“Peaceful protest is a cornerstone of our democracy and there will always be space for legitimate groups to make their voices heard.  That space is not on a busy motorway putting lives at risk.

“This Government will not stand by and allow a small minority of selfish protesters to cause significant disruption to the lives and livelihoods of the hard-working majority.

“The guerrilla tactics used by Insulate Britain detract from their cause and I know the public will agree that the scenes on the M25 last week and today are completely unacceptable.

"The police have our full support. They must uphold the law and take decisive action. This kind of disruption is dangerous and takes police away from communities where they are needed most.

"That’s exactly why we are giving police the powers to better manage such highly disruptive demonstrations in future. The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill will introduce a new offence of public nuisance, ensuring there are appropriate sentences for the harm caused.”

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