“We are using all avenues of existing law to try to prevent life-threatening actions from continuing to be taken by Isolate Brittany, which intolerably disrupts the lives and livelihoods of motorists, ”said Grant Shapps.
“This new interim injunction will ban activities that obstruct freeways and major A roads across the country. “
Isolating Britain is back, risking lives and ruining trips. 3 specific injunctions are already in place, but today I instructed @NationalHways to seek an injunction covering the entire strategic road network – this was granted on an interim basis by the High Court this evening.
– MP Rt Hon Grant Shapps (@grantshapps) 25 October 2021
The Department of Transportation said the injunction prohibited “activities that obstruct traffic and prevent access to 4,300 miles of freeways and major A-roads,” as well as “activities that cause damage to the surface of the road. roads and infrastructure ”, such as protesters sticking to roads.
Anyone who violates the injunction risks imprisonment and / or an unlimited fine, as well as the prospect of having to pay court costs.
Mr Shapps made the announcement after the group renewed its protests after a 10-day break.
Metropolitan Police said 53 people were arrested following protests at three locations in London, the 14th time that Insulate Britain has caused disruption on motorways and A-roads as part of its campaign.
In a statement, Insulate Britain said 61 people have blocked three locations in the capital, including Upper Thames Street, Bishopsgate and Limehouse Causeway in Canary Wharf – all major roads in and around the city.
Motorists received a notice from the demonstrators which read: “Dear driver, we are peaceful and non-violent. We are sorry to delay your trip.
“For your safety, please stay in your vehicle and do not drive on the emergency lane. This is for emergency vehicles.
“The police are on their way. They will stop us and you can continue your journey. “
Members of the public heckled protesters who were blocking the roads.
Protesters stuck their hands to the ground on Monday, before being pulled off the road by police, arrested and driven to police vehicles.
All the demonstrators were evacuated around noon, having taken to the streets around 8 a.m.
The group is an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion and wants the government to isolate all UK homes by 2030 to cut carbon emissions.
He blocked the roads for 14 days in the five weeks leading up to October 14, with activists often sticking their hands to the pavement to increase the time it takes for police to remove them.
Hundreds of arrests have been made, with some people detained on multiple occasions.
The campaign continued despite injunctions leaving protesters with a summons to court and possible imprisonment or an unlimited fine.