Help us lock up Insulate Britain, police plead: Force wants to speak to anyone who missed medical appointments, work or other events due to eco-zealots
Detectives want motorists whose lives were disrupted by Insulate Britain to come forward and help them build a criminal case against members of the eco-mob.
Essex Police want to speak to people who could not attend medical appointments, planned work or missed anything significant due to the motorway chaos.
It will help the Crown Prosecution Service – which the force is in consistent dialogue with – to prove the impact the activists had on people’s everyday lives.
Investigations into five mornings of chaos on the M25, M11 and nearby feeder roads in Essex are ‘progressing’.
A total of 94 arrests have been made in connection with the protests on September 13, 17, 30 and October 13 and 29.
The request is unusual given that there is so much documentary evidence in pictures and videos of the disruption.
It suggests prosecutors want to make the cases against the suspects as strong as possible to achieve the maximum number of convictions.
Sherrilyn Speid, 34, was seen remonstrating with the protesters during one of their stunts
Sherrilyn told MailOnline ‘I was just standing up for my son. I’m passionate about that’
Angry motorists snatch banners from protestors as activists from Insulate Britain block a junction near the Dartford Crossing on October 13
One person who may contact detectives is Sherrilyn Speid, 34, from Purfleet, Essex.
She was filmed driving her car at Insulate Britain protesters who were blocking the road by traffic lights at junction 31 of the M25 near Thurrock, on the north side of the Dartford Crossing which links Essex to Kent.
The activists were part of a group of more than 40 demonstrators who ran out onto the road by traffic lights on October 13.
The footage – filmed by another person at the protest – shows the woman believed to be Ms Speid get out of the Range Rover to confront the protesters.
After they refuse to move, she then drove her Range Rover at them – causing one to scream out in panic.
Sherrilyn told MailOnline at the time: ‘I was just standing up for my son. I’m very passionate about that.
Activists from Insulate Britain are detained by police on the hard shoulder of the motorway as they attempt to block the M25 south of the junction with the A12 near Harold Park, east of London on October 29
Exasperated drivers gesture at the activists as they disrupt their jobs and travel plans
Activists from Insulate Britain block a junction near the Dartford Crossing on October 13
‘I just wanted to get him to school. ‘We’re going through a pandemic – they’ve had enough time off already.’
An Essex Police spokesman said in a statement said they wanted to speak to people who had experienced delays that had really hit them hard.
He added: Our investigations are progressing and we have spoken to a number of people affected by the disruption and 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.’
Detective Sergeant 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.’