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Police investigating Insulate Britain protests on the M25 and M11 in Essex are appealing for motorists who were "significantly inconvenienced" by the actions to come forward.

It comes as Essex Police says it is continuing to liaise with the Crown Prosecction Service (CPS) over the 94 arrests its officers made on the two motorways in the space of six-and-a-half weeks earlier this autumn.

Detectives specifically want to hear from anyone who could not attend a medical appointment, who missed planned work and therefore lost payment, or who missed, or was severely delayed, attending a "significant life event". They do not want to hear from drivers and passengers simply "caught in the congestion".

Essex Police's Operation Lilac against Insulate Brtain protests (53275440)
Essex Police's Operation Lilac against Insulate Brtain protests (53275440)

Officers from Essex Police responded to incidents on the M25 and M11, and feeder roads, on the mornings of September 13, 17 and 30, and October 13 and 29.

The force said in a statement: "These arrests have led to a significant number of investigations and, like other forces affected, we are continuing to work with the Crown Prosecution Service on them.

"Our investigations are progressing and we have spoken to a number of people affected by the disruption. We are now asking for anyone who was inconvenienced during these incidents, who we have not yet spoken to, to please come forward and do so.

"This would include people who could not attend medical appointments, could not attend planned work or who missed anything significant through the disruption. This does not include motorists who were simply caught in the congestion caused by the disruption."

Det Sgt Christopher Arnold, who is leading the Essex Police investigation, said: “We are aware these incidents have caused a significant amount of disruption to motorists and many people have been significantly inconvenienced by them.

“Our complex investigations are progressing and we would now like to hear from anyone who has not yet spoken to us but believes they have been inconvenienced by the disruption.

“I know a substantial number of people will have been simply delayed by the disruption, but specifically I would like to hear from anyone who could not attend medical appointments, could not attend planned work and therefore missed out on payment, missed, or were severely delayed, attending any significant life events.

“Coming forward will help us progress our investigations and help ensure we can keep the county’s roads moving freely in future.”

Anyone who was significantly inconvenienced on any of the five dates should email operation.lilac@essex.police.uk.



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