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Nine Insulate Britain campaigners arrested after road onto M11 roundabout near Bishop's Stortford is blocked




Nine people were arrested when members of campaign group Insulate Britain partially blocked access onto the M11 roundabout near Bishop's Stortford on Friday morning (Sept 17).

Six men and three women holding banners sat across the road blocking the entrance to the roundabout at junction 8 from the B1256 Takeley road.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: "We received several calls at around 8.45am reporting a number of people were blocking an on-slip road at junction 8 of the M11 with the A120.

Insulate Britain protestors blocking access to the M11 junction 8 roundabout from the B1256 Takeley road (51332802)
Insulate Britain protestors blocking access to the M11 junction 8 roundabout from the B1256 Takeley road (51332802)

"Officers attended and worked to resolve the situation quickly and safely. There was congestion for roughly 45 minutes, but traffic was able to move freely.

"Nine people were arrested on suspicion of highways obstruction offences and remain in custody."

Another 15 protestors were arrested by Essex Police near the M25 at Brentwood.

Insulate Britain protestors blocking access to the M11 junction 8 roundabout from the B1256 Takeley road (51332804)
Insulate Britain protestors blocking access to the M11 junction 8 roundabout from the B1256 Takeley road (51332804)

The spokesman said: "Officers patrolling in the Brentwood district received reports that a group of people were planning to obstruct the slip road at junction 28 of the M25 at Brook Street roundabout.

"Around 8.30am, officers intervened and resolved the situation quickly, meaning the road was blocked for only several minutes.

"Fifteen people were arrested on suspicion of highways obstruction offences and other road traffic offences. They remain in custody."

Superintendent Sam Smith said: “Incidents of this nature have the potential to cause significant disruption to road users, who may need to get to work, an appointment or catch a flight.

“Our officers worked quickly to remove attempted protests this morning and made 24 arrests in a matter of minutes.

“The roads have now reopened and traffic is moving freely.

“I want to thank the drivers affected for their patience and understanding.”

Insulate Britain activists blocked the M25 on Friday morning for the third time in five days – many of them just hours after being released by police.

A total of 89 campaigners were released from custody centres across the South East on Thursday morning and returned to Britain's busiest motorway on Friday morning.

They blocked roundabouts and junctions on the London orbital motorway, leading to long delays for motorists. They sat in the road with banners and poured paint on the road, leading to further disruption.

Insulate Britain is a campaign group that is calling on the UK Government to put in place policy and funding for a national home insulation programme starting with all social housing.

It says actions will continue until the Government makes a meaningful commitment to insulate all of Britain’s 29 million leaky homes – which are among the oldest and most energy-inefficient in Europe – by 2030.



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