Pharmacist stuck on M25 says Insulate Britain has no sympathy
The activists staged a sit-down on parts of the M25 on Monday and Wednesday, causing huge tailbacks. One of the roadblocks caused by the demonstrators is being blamed for a four vehicle pile up that led to a 50-year-old woman being airlifted to hospital. The police are coming under fire from the public and politicians for failing to prevent the protesters from carrying out their actions.
A video obtained by the Daily Telegraph even appears to show an officer helping activists to cross the motorway at junction 25 on the M25 to take up their places for their sit-down protest.
While offering the police the Government's full support, Ms Patel cautioned: "They must uphold the law and take decisive action.
"This kind of disruption is dangerous and takes police away from communities where they are needed most."
She added: “This Government will not stand by and allow a small minority of selfish protesters to cause significant disruption to the lives and livelihoods of the hard-working majority."
The Metropolitan Police defended its actions, saying it made a "dynamic risk assessment" to prevent protesters injuring themselves.
In response to the video footage, a spokesperson for the Met told the Daily Telegraph: "We are aware of video footage showing an officer deployed as part of our response to the protests on the M25 on Wednesday, 15 September.
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“The footage shows a portion of the entire interaction between the officers and protesters, and not the entirety of the police intervention.
“The officer made a dynamic risk assessment, given concern of the intention on the part of the protesters to enter onto a fast-moving road, which would have rendered them and others to danger.
"In doing this, the protesters were moved to a safe area where they were arrested shortly after.”
Fiona Atkinson from Insulate Britain told BBC Three Counties Radio that her members had decided to act after becoming frustrated with the Government's lack of action over insulating homes.
"What we haven't been able to do, pressure groups, is get the government to act," she said.
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"As soon as the government say they are going act we'll get off the road."
Downing Street denied it was failing to take the issue seriously.
A spokeswoman said: "We are investing £1.3bn this year alone to support people to install energy efficiency measures, and our upcoming Heat and Buildings Strategy will set out how we decarbonise the nation's homes in a way that is fair, practical and affordable."