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Insulate Britain protest causes M25 chaos for fifth day as activists storm road


More than 30 protesters from Insulate Britain have stormed onto M25 at Cobham in Surrey, between junctions 9 and 10 – and Surrey Police are at the scene

Protesters stormed onto the M25 carriageway at rush hour

Insulate Britain have stormed onto the M25 for the fifth day bringing traffic to a standstill.

More than 30 protesters have tussled with police and blocked the road, on both sides, near Junction 10 at Cobham in Surrey.

It’s the fifth time the climate activists have obstructed the UK’s busiest motorway which encircles London.

Surrey Police tweeted at 8.20am: “We are currently in attendance between junctions 9 and 10 of the M25 dealing with a protest which was reported just after 8am.

“A number of protesters from Insulate Britain are on the carriageways in both the clockwise and anti-clockwise directions.

“We have already cleared the anti-clockwise carriageway and are dealing with the other side currently. We would advise motorists to avoid the area if possible. We will keep you updated.”

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Police said that 23 arrests have been made

Traffic was ground to a halt

Shortly after 8.30am Surrey Police said two lanes on the clockwise and anti-clockwise carriageways had been reopened.

They wrote in a tweet that 23 arrests had been made by the force.

Yesterday Insulate Britain said they “profoundly apologise” for disruption, in an open letter to the Home Secretary.

The group wrote to Priti Patel, asking for “open dialogue”. The letter read: “We wish to profoundly apologise for the disruption we have caused over past week on the M25 motorway.

“We cannot imagine undertaking such acts in normal circumstances. But, like you and other Conservatives, we believe that the reality of our situation has to be faced. The facts are laid out by Sir David King, former chief scientific advisor to the UK government: “We have to move quickly. What we do, I believe, in the next three to four years will determine the future of humanity”.

“The collapse of the climate is happening around us, and will soon get worse unless we immediately reduce carbon emissions. We face economic chaos and the breakdown of law and order within a matter of years”.”