Government ARE taking legal action against Insulate Britain

Government claims it IS taking legal action against Insulate Britain protestors: Motorway-blocking eco-warriors will face jail and unlimited fines as official says ‘we are knocking on doors and serving papers

  • Government warns eco-mob that it will be serving High Court injunction papers via enforcement officers
  • Anyone who broke the injunction by blocking the M25 or A20 will face unlimited fines or up to two years’ 监狱
  • Enviro-zealots blocked the M25 again Wednesday with police taking an hour to clear them, arresting 27
  • Demonstrators at blockade who have been arrested previously include Rev Tim Hewes and Rev Sue Parfitt
  • Insulate Britain is planning to fill Britain’s jails with hundreds of eco-activists despite injunction threat
  • Legal proceedings have begun against Insulate Britain members who broke a High Court injunction forbidding them from blocking the M25and they will face unlimited fines or prison, the Government has warned.

    Members of the hated eco-mob have been told they will be served injunction papers by High Court enforcement officers over their series of protests in recent weekswhich saw the activists glue themselves to junctions on the M25 and A20 near Dover.

    They have been told the Government is ‘knocking on doorsif there is any evidence that they breached the injunction, and that they will be subject to proceedings in the High Court.

    It comes after the brazen group taunted Home Secretary 普里蒂·帕特尔(Priti Patel) and Prime Minister 鲍里斯·约翰逊(Boris Johnson) this week as their hypocrite spokesman Liam Nortonwho hasn’t even insulated his own homevowed: ‘You can’t scare us with these injunctions.

    Meanwhile police have criticised the ‘flakthey have been receiving from road users online, insisting it has been ‘very difficultto bring charges against the agitators.

    A Government spokesperson said: ‘Peaceful protest is a fundamental right of our democracy, but we cannot allow this reckless and dangerous behaviour to continue on our roads.

    ‘We are already knocking on doors and serving papers to offenders who will be sent to court and could face fines or prison.

    ‘Police continue making arrests and are working closely with National Highways to shut down these illegal demonstrations and keep the public safe.

    An angry motorist drags away an activist from the Insulate Britain climate change protest group as they block the road near to junction 3 of the M25 motorway near Swanley in Kent for the second time Wednesday

    An angry motorist drags away an activist from the Insulate Britain climate change protest group as they block the road near to junction 3 of the M25 motorway near Swanley in Kent for the second time Wednesday

    Activists from the Insulate Britain climate change protest group block the road near to junction 3 of the M25 motorway near Swanley for the second time Wednesday

    Activists from the Insulate Britain climate change protest group block the road near to junction 3 of the M25 motorway near Swanley for the second time Wednesday

    It comes after Insulate Britain protesters blocked the same M25 junction for a second time Wednesday.

    The first protest took place at around 7.30am and saw the eco-mob sit down on the carriageway, glue their hands to each other and the road and pour oil, before being led away by police.

    However just after 1pm, a second group of protesters descended on the same stretch of road in fresh humiliation for the police and governmentwith one irate driver taking matters into his own hands as he physically dragged a protester out of the road.

    总共 27 people were arrested and are being held in custody.

    The High Court injunction obtained by the Government on September 22 means anyone blocking the motorway could be found to be in contempt of court, which carries a maximum penalty of two years in prison or an unlimited fine.

    Police have said it is ‘very difficultto bring charges against the activists, who staged their seventh day of action on the M25 on Wednesday.

    Lisa Townsend, Surrey’s Police and Crime Commissioner, said officers are receiving ‘an enormous amount of flakover their response.

    她说: ‘It has been very difficult for the police because if they charge the protesters with a relatively minor offence, it is likely to be discontinued.

    ‘If they try to elevate the charge to a more serious one, they are finding it is not reaching the necessary threshold.

    ‘The public deserves to see a response from all parts of the criminal justice system and it is unfair for the police to be blamed if people do not end up before the courts.

    Insulate Britain closed the M25 junction at Swanley in Kent Wednesday- as police and the Government fail to get a grip after two weeks of protests

    Insulate Britain closed the M25 junction at Swanley in Kent Wednesday- as police and the Government fail to get a grip after two weeks of protests

    Police in riot vans and on motorcycles line up before removing the 11 protesters and arresting them

    Police in riot vans and on motorcycles line up before removing the 11 protesters and arresting them

    A statement from Insulate Britain said: ‘We are going nowhere. You can raid our savings. You can confiscate our property. You can deny us our liberty and put us behind bars.

    ‘But shooting the messenger can never destroy the message: that this country is going to hell unless you take emergency action to stop putting carbon into the air. Boris get on with the job.

    Activists welcomed a pledge by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer to insulate every home that needs it in Britain over the next decade.

    One woman glued to the road said: ‘That’s excellent news. Let’s get the Labour Party in.

    ‘It would cut UK emissions by 15%, it’s the easiest thing to do.

    Another woman added: ‘When will the Conservatives do the same thing?’

    As well as targeting the London ring road, protesters have blocked other important routes including the A1(中号) and A20 near the Port of Dover.

    Police have previously warned that the activists are putting lives at risk with their protestwith the Church of England also criticising the demonstrations for ‘frustrating’ 人.

    然而, among Wednesday’s protesters once again was XR-supporting vicar Tim Hewes, who has taken part in at least six blockades yet still remained a free man. He was joined by fellow vicar Sue Parfitt who has attended at least three protests.

    Rev Parfitt, 来自布里斯托尔, 说过: ‘Many people will ask why a 79-year-old Anglican Priest is sitting in the road, causing disruption and how can I justify participating in such actions?

    ‘I simply feel called to do everything in my power to protect God’s planet, his creatures and the people. If we are successful in persuading the government to do what is necessary, the actions I’m taking today will help to prevent a much greater harmno less than the destruction of everything we hold dear.

    与此同时, Rev Hewes was previously pictured with his lips sewn shut outside the offices of the Sun newspaper.

    In March he was also jailed for 14 days for gluing himself to furniture at the City of London MagistratesCourt and admitted that his activism and the climate emergency has affected his faith in god.

    On Wednesday morning, Insulate Britain closed Britain’s busiest motorway at Junction 3 in Kent with several members arrested on Monday at Heathrow back again because of the ongoing and embarrassing cycle of forces releasing them without charge.

    多于 50 people arrested in connection with the Insulate Britain protest on the M25 some 48 hours ago were released by police Tuesday, allowing them to disrupt rush hour again.

    Kent Police took an hour to deal with the incident, which began at around 8am, arresting 11 at the scene. 一位发言人说: ‘The Swanley Interchange roundabout at J3 of the M25 has now reopened following an earlier protest, which has resulted in us arresting 11 人. Delays remain in the area whilst the backlog of traffic clears. Thank you for your patience’. It is now the third time the junction at Swanley has been shut down by Insulate Britain.

    总共 115 people have been involved in Insulate Britain’s campaign of disruptive actions over the last two weeks, with most being arrested multiple times, the group says. The total arrest tally has now reached 438. Only two people from Insulate Britain have so far been remanded in custody.

    Activists, who have now blocked the M25 seven times in just over two weeks, continued their campaign despite a High Court injunction the Government said could see them imprisoned, fined heavily, or have their assets seized.

    But with only a couple people in custody, the group has vowed to continue the protests infuriating rush hour drivers.

    Protesters shutting the M25 for the seventh time including  vicar Tim Hewes, 中央, who has now been arrested and released on seven occasions

    Protesters shutting the M25 for the seventh time including vicar Tim Hewes, 中央, who has now been arrested and released on seven occasions

    Tim Hewes being arrested on Monday. 多于 50 people arrested in connection with the Insulate Britain protest on the M25 48 hours ago were released by police yesterday

    Tim Hewes being arrested on Monday. 多于 50 people arrested in connection with the Insulate Britain protest on the M25 48 hours ago were released by police yesterday

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    Tim Hewes being arrested on September 17 (剩下) 和九月 21 (对). He is thought to have attended at least six protests

    A police officer talks to Tim Hewes and Sue Parfitt, two vicars who have been involved in Wednesday's protests. Both vicars have also been seen at other protests

    A police officer talks to Tim Hewes and Sue Parfitt, two vicars who have been involved in Wednesday’s protests. Both vicars have also been seen at other protests

    Reverend Sue Parfitt returned to the protests on Tuesday after being spotted protesting with Insulate Britain during their first protest on September 13

    Reverend Sue Parfitt returned to the protests yesterday, after being spotted protesting with Insulate Britain during their first protest on September 13

    Reverend Sue Parfitt was spotted protesting with Insulate Britain during their first protest on September 13 and another on September 21. 左图: Rev Parfitt on September 21 和正确的: 在九月 13

    A police officer drags away an Insulate Britain activist from the M25 after yet another protest

    A police officer drags away an Insulate Britain activist from the M25 after yet another protest

    Activists glued themselves to the road blocking traffic as enraged motorists already struggling with fuel shortages shouted abuse

    Activists glued themselves to the road blocking traffic as enraged motorists already struggling with fuel shortages shouted abuse

    Arrested for a SIXTH time after being repeatedly let go: Eco-hypocrite property tycoon among repeated offenders laughing at the law

    Joshua Smith has now been arrested six times. He was branded a hypocrite after it emerged he owned a multi-million pound property empirebut the homes had poor insulation, an issue at the heart of the group’s agenda.

    The 28-year-old is heir to a £2million property empire and also has a seven-figure portfolio of his own. 然而, at least six homes owned by his Oldham-based company have efficiency ratings of E or F, according to the Sun.

    This means the properties boast little or no insulation and also produce large quantities of extra carbon dioxide. Smith was pictured being held by police by the side of the M25 Wednesday before being led off in a police van.

    Joshua Smith at yesterday's protest

    Joshua Smith at yesterday’s protest

    Reverend Hewes, who once sewed up his lips in protest at the influence of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, was part of the mob blocking the M25 Wednesday despite already being arrested numerous times.

    The activist ‘permission to officiatein the Diocese of Oxford although he does not have a parish.

    Asked about Rev Hewes last week, a spokesman for the diocese said: ‘The actions of Rev Hewes and others, while arguably well-intentioned, have frustrated many people and we’re unclear how the actions have been productive in encouraging the urgent change required.

    Rev Hewes, a retired dentist, previously said the Bishop of Dorchester, Gavin Collins, who comes under the Diocese of Oxford, had told him ‘he does support issues regarding climate change and the environment but not about breaking the law’.

    Reverend Hewes at yesterday's blockade

    Reverend Hewes at yesterday’s blockade

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    A senior Kent police officer has said the force is working with prosecutors to seek ‘the most appropriate outcomefollowing Insulate Britain protests in the county.

    Kent Police Superintendent Andy Gadd said: ‘Officers are continuing to conduct enquiries relating to those individuals arrested in connection with the protests in Dover and on the Kent section of the M25.

    ‘As part of those enquiries, we are liaising closely with the Crown Prosecution Service to ensure that the most appropriate outcome is sought, including if any charges can be made.

    ‘Kent Police will continue to monitor the situation, working with neighbouring police forces and partner agencies to ensure disruption to traffic and local communities is kept to a minimum.

    Insulate Britain said in a statement on Wednesday: ‘We are going nowhere. You can raid our savings. You can confiscate our property. You can deny us our liberty and put us behind bars.

    ‘But shooting the messenger can never destroy the message: that this country is going to hell unless you take emergency action to stop putting carbon into the air. Boris get on with the job.

    群组, 灭绝叛乱的一个分支, is calling on the Government to insulate all homes across the UK by 2030 to help cut carbon emissions.

    As well as targeting the London ring road, protesters have blocked other important routes including the A1(中号) and A20 near the port of Dover.

    Officers made a total of 53 arrests following the demonstration at Junction 14, near Heathrow, 在星期一的早上 – the sixth blockage in two weeksincluding the owner of a multi-million pound property empire and a Extinction Rebellion-supporting CofE vicar.

    Some protesters glued themselves to each other, to barriers and the carriageway, and blue paint was sprayed onto the road, but all have been released.

    群组, 灭绝叛乱的一个分支, is calling on the Government to insulate all homes across the UK by 2030 to help cut carbon emissions.

    As well as targeting the London ring road, protesters have blocked other major routes including the A1(中号) and A20 near the Port of Dover.

    The campaign, which entered its third week on Monday, has seen well over 300 逮捕.

    But the Met Police have confirmed all those taken into custody on Monday have been released under investigation.

    Kent Police revealed one person was charged in connection with an earlier Insulate Britain protest, 之中 96 arrests made by the force.

    In an open Letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel, Insulate Britain vowed to continue their campaign in the face of arrests and injunctions.

    他们说: ‘We are more fearful of the loss of our country than we are of you.

    ‘You can throw as many injunctions at us as you like, but we are going nowhere.

    ‘You can raid our savings.

    ‘You can confiscate our property.

    ‘You can deny us our liberty and put us behind bars.

    ‘But shooting the messenger can never destroy the message: that this country is going to hell unless you take emergency action to stop putting carbon into the air.

    National Highways, which was granted the injunction, and the Department for Transport, have been contacted for comment.

    Property tycoon Joshua Smith was arrested for the sixth time on Monday

    Reverend Tim Hewes was arrested for the fifth time on Monday

    Usual suspects: Property tycoon Joshua Smith and vicar Tim Hewes have been arrested at multiple protests for Insulate Britain

    Long queues formed this morning as Insulate Britain bragged that members keep getting arrested and released

    Long queues formed this morning as Insulate Britain bragged that members keep getting arrested and released

    Long queues for long-suffering drivers after a seventh day of disruption and the third time they've closed J3 of the M25

    Long queues for long-suffering drivers after a seventh day of disruption and the third time they’ve closed J3 of the M25

    Insulate Britain is planning to fill prisons with hundreds of ecoactivists over the next month in an attempt to create a ‘political crisisfor Boris Johnson.

    The radical group again brought misery to motorists on the M25 yesterdayin clear violation of an injunction which carries with it a maximum sentence of two years in jail.

    Some of those involved in the latest protest at Junction 14, near Heathrow, have been arrested up to seven times over the past fortnight, but are yet to be charged. 进一步 53 arrests were made yesterday morning.

    Scotland Yard is ‘making inquiries to understand whether those activists are in breach of the High Court injunction’.

    But Insulate Britain spokesman Liam Norton said: ‘Throw as many injunctions at us as you like, we’re going nowhereYou can deny us our liberty and put us behind bars. But that is only shooting the messenger. The truth is that this country is going to hell unless you take emergency action to stop putting carbon into the air.

    Activist Shel MacDonagh claimed that 300 people would need to be jailed in the lead-up to November’s UN Cop26 climate summit in Glasgow to ‘create a political crisisbig enough for the group to be granted concessions.

    她补充说: ‘No one is claiming that forcing the Government to start on [insulation] installation is going to sort out the climate crisis.

    The point is to get a win to galvanise the movement.

    Reverend Tim Hewes, 71, was again among the protesters yesterday. He was joined by another ‘rebel reverend’, Mark Coleman, a former dean of Rochdale. Insulate Britain, 灭绝叛乱的一个分支, is calling for the Government to insulate homes to help cut carbon emissions. A Home Office spokesman said last night: ‘The more Insulate Britain break the injunction, the more the courts will agree to tougher and broader injunctions and impose tougher sentences. These people are not martyrs. They’re idiots gluing their hands to roads.

    The protesters held hands as they sat in front of irate motorists, many of whom have suffered again as they try to get to work

    The protesters held hands as they sat in front of irate motorists, many of whom have suffered again as they try to get to work

    Joshua Smith at Wednesday's protest

    He was branded a hypocrite after it emerged he owned a multi-million pound housing empire - but the homes had poor insulation, an issue at the heart of the group's agenda

    Joshua Smith at yesterday’s protest (剩下) on what is now his sixth arrest. Mr Smith (seen right at an earlier demonstration) was branded a hypocrite after it emerged he owned a multi-million pound housing empirebut the homes had poor insulation, an issue at the heart of the group’s agenda

    Vicar Tim Hewes Wednesday

    He was spotted at an earlier blockade

    Vicar Tim Hewes (剩下) was among the eco-rabble yesterday after being spotted at earlier blockade (对)

    A spokesman for the group said in a video released Monday that it wasn’t ‘scaredby the court intervention, adding that its members were ‘preparedto continue being arrested.

    The injunction was designed to act as a deterrent after weeks of blockades on both the M25 and A20 near Dover infuriated motorists and large portions of the British public.

    But news that the eco-warriors are still being released without conditions, reported by LBC, raises fears that they will continue to wreak havoc and put driverslives at risk.

    It comes as spokesman for the group Liam Nortonwho became a laughing stock last week when it was revealed his own home hadn’t been insulatedwarned in a video recorded at the weekend and released Monday: ‘You can’t scare us with these injunctions’.

    Donning a black t-shirt and standing in front a bare white wall, 他说: ‘I’m going to sit in the roads and directly oppose the injunction handed out by the Home Secretary and the Transport Secretary.

    ‘Our message to the Government is that you can’t scare us with these injunctions.

    ‘You can send us to prison, and what that will show is the Government’s cowardice, because they’re actually standing up for powerful interests rather than looking after the interests of the vast majority of the British people.

    他加了: ‘We just want the Government to get on with the job of protecting the people’s future in Britain and also to stop the needless deaths of thousands of our elderly who freeze to death in their homes each year because they have to make that awful decision between heating and eating.

    ‘So our message to the Government is this; You can decide to put us in prison, and we’re prepared for that, but what would be better for the country maybe would be to give us a meaningful statement that you are going to get on with the job, so come on Boris, show some leadership, do what you need to do.

    The Metropolitan Police told the Mail Online it could not comment on the breaking of the injunction because it was a ‘civil issue’.

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