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Insulate Britain vows to resume road blockade campaign in half-term

Eco mob WILL return: Insulate Britain vows to resume road blockade campaign during half-term week before COP26 as they say Boris’ Net Zero Strategy ‘completely fails to meet challenges we face’

  • Insulate Britain warn they will restart their road blockade protests next Monday
  • Further demonstrations are set to cause misery for families on half-term holidays
  • Group said it would ‘rise up against tyranny’ in response to new Net Zero reports


Environmental campaigners Insulate Britain today warned that they will restart their road blockade protests next week, causing misery for families on half-term holidays.

The group said it would ‘rise up against tyranny’ in response to the Government’s Net Zero reports which it said ‘completely fail to meet the challenges we now face’.

Insulate Britain had previously said on October 14 that it was pausing its protests – which have brought misery to motorists across London – until Monday, October 25.

Hundreds of protesters have been arrested for blockading motorway junctions and roundabouts since September 13 by running onto the road as the lights turned red.

They have focused their protests on rush hours to cause maximum impact, with motorists taking it upon themselves to remove them when police are slow to arrive.  

Insulate Britain activists are removed from an M25 roundabout near Heathrow last month

A spokesman said: ‘Insulate Britain has considered the British Government‘s Heat and Buildings Strategy, the Net Zero Strategy and the Cost of Net Zero report.

‘We concluded that, while these would have been a good first step 30 years ago, they completely fail to meet the challenges we now face.

Mother who rammed activists with her car brands them ‘terrorists’ 

Sherrilyn Speid, 34

Sherrilyn Speid, 34

A mother who rammed Insulate Britain activists with her Range Rover this week branded the group ‘terrorists’ as she claimed the women she hit faked their ‘ow ow’ cries. 

Sherrilyn Speid, 34, of Purfleet, Essex, was accused of ‘attempted murder’ by one climate activist after she gently drove her car into protesters blocking traffic lights at Junction 31 of the M25 near Thurrock on October 13.

Footage – filmed by another person at the protest – showed Ms Speid get out of her Range Rover to confront the protesters after she was blocked in while bringing her son, 11, to school.

She said: ‘I was absolutely fuming they were in the road blocking me from taking my son to school. How dare they have the audacity to do that?’

‘What we need in this ‘period of consequence’ is a wartime style national effort, a united front of shared sacrifice, not a plan to cross your fingers and hope for the best. 

‘Therefore Insulate Britain will continue our campaign of nonviolent civil resistance.’

Insulate Britain, which is an offshoot from Extinction Rebellion, claimed that the Government’s ‘plan to decarbonise our homes fails on almost every measure’.

It said the £450million allocated to grants for heat pumps will help only 30,000 households a year, which is a ‘drop in the ocean’ compared with the 900,000 a year required by the Climate Change Committee by 2028.

A spokesman concluded: ‘Our ancestors fought a civil war to remove such tyranny from these islands and sacrificed their lives to win the rights and freedoms we now enjoy as citizens. 

‘Today it is our turn, our responsibility, to rise up against tyranny. We owe that to our ancestors, to our fellow citizens and to those that come after us in the great chain of life.’ 

On Tuesday, an injunction aimed at stopping Insulate Britain protesters blocking roads in London was extended by a High Court judge.

London’s transport network was granted the order earlier this month, aimed at preventing the actvists obstructing cars on some of the capital’s busiest roads.

Members of the protest group have already been hit with three other injunctions granted to National Highways, banning demonstrations on the M25, around the Port of Dover and on major roads around London.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Insulate Britain members were given the chance to address the court. 

Police remove Insulate Britain activists as they block junction 31 of the M25 on October 31

Police remove Insulate Britain activists as they block junction 31 of the M25 on October 31

Despite their campaign being on a temporary pause, they have repeatedly shown their contempt for the injunctions by disobeying them and burning papers copies.

Breaching a court order can result in a committal for contempt of court, which, if proved, may be punished with up to two years in prison and an unlimited fine.

The judge, Mr Justice Lavender, said on Tuesday that the injunction was extended either until a trial is held in the case or a further court order or April 8 next year. 

Dr Diana Warner, from the group, said National Highways should reduce motorway speed limits to as low as 10mph when Insulate Britain protests on a carriageway. 

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