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New video shows the moments a furious driver ties an Insulate Britain activist to metal railings using the protester’s own banner.
The video clip was shared by Insulate Britain and is believed to have happened on the morning of October 13, when activists blocked roads around the M25 near Thurrock for the 13th day of protests in the space of four weeks.
The footage shows a male protester being tied to metal railings with an Insulate Britain wrapped around his bag and strapped in place behind his back.
The 25-second video clip starts with a female activist being dragged off the road by a man, while people in cars and lorries sound their horns.
As soon as the protester is dragged out of the way, a lorry and a queuing line of cars start to drive through the traffic lights where the activists attempted to stop traffic.
The footage then turns to a man wearing a red baseball cap and hooded jumper who is threading an Insulate Britain poster through an activist’s bag and attempting to tie it to metal barriers behind him.
The activist, who is seated in the traffic island in the middle of the road while wearing a hi-vis vest over his clothes, does little to stop the man tying him to the metal barriers.
As the clip continues, motorists continue sounding their horns, while the man who dragged the female protester off the road screams ‘go’ at the queue of vehicles that had built around the traffic lights.
Other people also arrive on the scene and attempt to block the activists from getting back onto the road.
The clip ends with the female activist standing in the central traffic island, the male activist remains seated next to the metal barriers and vehicles, including a petrol lorry, are driven through the traffic lights unimpeded.
A man wearing a red baseball cap and a hooded jumper is seen threading an Insulate Britain poster through a protester’s bag and tying it to metal railings
The video also shows a man dragging a female activist off the road, before telling a queue of frustrated motorists to ‘go’ and drive through the traffic lights
The male activist does little to stop a man tying him to metal barriers in the centre of a busy road, while the female activist who was earlier dragged off the road stands and watches
The incident is believed to have happened on October 13 when irate motorists reacted angrily to the 13th major protest by the eco-zealots in four weeks after the group targeted the M25, the Blackwall Tunnel in London and the Port of Dover – at a time when the country was already facing a major supply chain crisis.
The eco-mob are demanding the Government pay to improve insulation in Britain’s social housing stock, but have come under fire over claims one of the group’s ringleaders lives in a home which is not properly insulated.
Others members of the green group, which last week suspended their ‘campaign of civil resistance’ ahead of next week’s Cop26, have been revealed to have jet-setted across the globe.
Government officials meanwhile are attempting to use injunctions and court powers to bring an end to the disruptive protests of the eco-zealots – who have repeatedly bounced from police station to protests with police seemingly unable to stop them.
The short video clip also shows a long queue of lorries and cars that had been waiting at a set of traffic lights where Insulate Britain activists had gathered for their 13th major protest
The incident is believed to have been filmed on the morning of October 13 when activists blocked roads near the M25 at Thurrock
In another piece of footage filmed on October 13, a woman, angry about being delayed taking her son to school, is seen driving her 4×4 into the back of two protesters.
As she does, one of the orange-vest-wearing activists screams out in pain, while another standing protestor taps on the car and urges her to stop.
The woman was today revealed to be Sherrilyn Speid, 34, from Purfleet, Essex.
Reacting to footage of the confrontation, Ms Speid wrote on Instagram today: ‘I never ran them over, I gave them a nudge. So dramatic man.’
A lorry driver was also seen driving his vehicle right up to protesters on a day when Essex Police said they made a total of 35 arrests.
The protester on the right started to scream out in pain before the woman stopped, got out of her car and continued shouting at the protesters
A woman who was infuriated with Insulate Britain protesters blocking the road told them ‘I’ll drive through you then’
After shouting at the protesters, the woman got back into her car and started ramming it towards two protesters sat in front of her vehicle
Sherrilyn Speid, 34, from Purfleet, Essex, was filmed driving her car into Insulate Britain protesters
London’s transport network was granted the order earlier this month, which is aimed at preventing the Extinction Rebellion offshoot from obstructing traffic on some of the capital’s busiest roads.
It came after the group shut down Old Street, near the hipster enclave of Shoreditch in east London.
A judge said the injunction was extended either until a trial is held, a further court order or April 8 next year.
The TfL injunction bans the protesters from blocking traffic in various locations across the capital, such as Vauxhall Bridge, Tower Bridge, London Bridge and Chiswick roundabout.
It applies to busy London spots including Hanger Lane, the Hammersmith gyratory system, Blackwall Tunnel, the A501 ring road from Edgware Road to Old Street, Staples Corner, Redbridge roundabout and the Kidbrooke interchange.
Protesters are also barred from Park Lane, Marble Arch Hyde Park Corner, Elephant and Castle – including all entry and exit roads and the Victoria one-way system.
The eco-zealots last week revealed they would ‘suspend their campaign of civil resistance’ until October 25 – ahead of the Cop26 summit in November.
Activists penned a letter to Boris Johnson saying they would stop their hated antics and quoted the PM’s hero Sir Winston Churchill in an apparent bid to win him over.
The surprise move came just hours after it emerged more than a dozen of their members will finally face court action and possible jail within days.
Just over a month after the first roadblocks brought chaos to the motorways, officials are set to ask judges to take action against the eco-warriors.
Insulate Britain’s letter to the PM revealed it planned to suspend protests for 11 days.
Insulate Britain’s letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson in full:
Dear Prime Minister,
‘Owing to past neglect, in the face of the plainest of warnings, we have entered upon a period of danger.
The era of procrastination, of half measures, of soothing baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequence.’ (Winston Churchill 1936)
Insulate Britain would like to take this opportunity to profoundly acknowledge the disruption caused over the past five weeks. We cannot imagine undertaking such acts in normal circumstances. But the dire reality of our situation has to be faced.
The facts are laid out by Sir David King, the former chief scientific advisor to the UK government, he said ‘We have to move quickly. What we do, I believe, in the next 3 to 4 years will determine the future of humanity’.
The collapse of the climate is happening around us. We face economic chaos and the breakdown of law and order in a matter of years. We will lose our incomes, pensions, and savings while passing on an appalling legacy to our children. They will be rightly furious. Around the world thousands of millions of people will lose their lives through slaughter and starvation as crops fail and society collapses.
Ahead of COP26, Insulate Britain will suspend its campaign of civil resistance until Monday 25th October. In light of the speech you made (to the UN on the 22nd September) in which you recognised that ‘We are approaching that critical turning point – in less than two months – when we must show that we are capable of learning, and maturing, and finally taking responsibility for the destruction we are inflicting, not just upon our planet but ourselves’, we ask you to use this time to signal that you believe what you say.
We invite you to make a meaningful statement that we can trust, a statement that the country wants to hear: that your government will live up to its responsibilities to protect us, to defend law and order; that your government will take the lead needed to insulate and retrofit our homes; that it will ‘get on with the job’ so families can feed their children and keep their homes warm.
We invite you to do the right thing, so we can be secure in the knowledge that our government did everything it could to protect and defend our country.
It said: ‘Insulate Britain would like to take this opportunity to profoundly acknowledge the disruption caused over the past five weeks.
‘We cannot imagine undertaking such acts in normal circumstances. But the dire reality of our situation has to be faced.
‘Ahead of COP26, Insulate Britain will suspend its campaign of civil resistance until Monday 25th October.
‘In light of the speech you made (to the UN on the 22nd September) in which you recognised that ”We are approaching that critical turning point – in less than two months – when we must show that we are capable of learning, and maturing, and finally taking responsibility for the destruction we are inflicting, not just upon our planet but ourselves”, we ask you to use this time to signal that you believe what you say.
‘We invite you to make a meaningful statement that we can trust, a statement that the country wants to hear: that your government will live up to its responsibilities to protect us, to defend law and order; that your government will take the lead needed to insulate and retrofit our homes; that it will ‘get on with the job’ so families can feed their children and keep their homes warm.
‘We invite you to do the right thing, so we can be secure in the knowledge that our government did everything it could to protect and defend our country.’
The statement began with a quote attributed to Sir Winston Churchill, Mr Johnson’s hero who he has written a biography about.
It said: ‘Owing to past neglect, in the face of the plainest of warnings, we have entered upon a period of danger.
‘The era of procrastination, of half measures, of soothing baffling expedients, of delays is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequence.’ (Winston Churchill 1936).’
Ringleader Liam Norton said he will hand deliver the note to the Prime Minister in Downing Street at 1pm.
The letter came on the same day it emerged more than a dozen Insulate Britain activists will finally face court action – and possible jail.
Just over a month after the first roadblocks brought chaos to the motorways, officials are asking judges to take action against the eco-zealots.
There has been increasing dismay among ministers about the slow pace of action at National Highways, previously known as Highways England, and with police who have made arrests only to release protesters hours later.
The number of activists being targeted is understood to be between 12 and 15.
The group are part of the 113 people named in National Highways injunctions which they will be accused of breaching.
A government source said: ‘We’ve identified a considerable number of protesters who have breached at least one of the injunctions we have in place.
‘National Highways lawyers are now working with the police to put together evidence in order to take these people to court.
‘We hope to get this in front of the court either later this week or early next.’ The process is fraught with difficulties, however.
Police officers remove Insulate Britain activists as they block junction 31 of the M25 last week
Angry motorists snatch banners from protestors as activists from Insulate Britain block parts of Thurrock last week
National Highways will have to apply to the High Court for committal proceedings against the activists, paperwork will have to be issued to each activist and a date for a trial will then have to be set.
Insulate Britain: How activists have made a mockery of the law
September 13 – 78 Insulate Britain protesters arrested after blocking junctions 3, 6, 14, 20 and 31 of the M25
September 15 – More than 50 protesters arrested after targeting junctions 1, 8, 9 and 23 of the M25
September 17 – 48 protesters arrested after targeting junctions 3, 9 and 28 of the M25, as well as the M3
September 20 – 29 protesters are arrested after blocking the M25 at junctions 4 and 18, as well as the A1
September 21 – Protesters risk death by running into moving traffic to block the carriageway near Junction 10. Some 38 arrests are made. National Highways obtains an injunction against further protests on the M25
September 22 – Protesters burn copies of the injunction outside the Home Office, blocking the road outside the ministry. No arrests are made
September 24 – 39 protesters arrested after blocking roads at three locations in Dover. They are all released under investigation. National Highways obtains a second injunction covering Dover.
September 27 – 53 protesters are arrested for blocking a slip road at Junction 14 of the M25. They are all released under investigation.
September 28 – National Highways says it is taking ‘legal advice’ over how to enforce its injunction
September 29 – 27 protesters are arrested for blocking a roundabout at Junction 3 of the M25 on two occasions
September 30 – Protesters return to junction 30 at Thurrock in Essex, and nine are arrested
October 1: The group block the M4 at junction 3, the M1 at junction 1 and M25 at junction 25. Some 39 arrests
October 2: Third injunction bans them from obstructing traffic and access to motorways and major A roads in and around London
October 4: 38 arrests after protesters block three major roads in London – the Blackwall Tunnel, Wandsworth Bridge and A40 and North Circular at Hanger Lane.
October 8: 19 arrested over protest at Old Street roundabout and a further 16 on the M25 at junction 24. Transport for London gets a High Court injunction to ban them from obstructing traffic in 14 locations in London.
October 13: Protesters return to the M25 at junction 31 and a nearby industrial estate, with 35 people arrested.
If activists are found guilty of breaching an injunction they could face up to two years’ imprisonment for contempt of court.
A High Court hearing is taking place this week to extend the series of injunctions barring them from the M25, the Port of Dover and major A roads around London.
Insulate Britain, an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, have on 13 occasions disrupted motorways or A roads over the past four weeks. Their protests continued despite a series of injunctions.
Retired Anglican vicar Reverend Sue Parfitt, 79, a regular Insulate Britain and XR activist, was among those being arrested on the M25 last week. She has already been arrested at other M25 protests on September 13, 21 and 29.
The group has blocked parts of major roads around London, including the M25 and M4, to draw attention to climate change.
On Tuesday protesters set light to court injunction papers that had been individually served on them, on the pavement outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
A High Court hearing was taking place over three injunctions granted to National Highways, covering the M25, Port of Dover and major A roads around London.
A previously-announced plan to use a catch-all injunction against Insulate Britain is understood to have hit the legal buffers.
Officials had said they planned to obtain a ‘contra mundum injunction’ with far more sweeping terms that would be easier to enforce.
But lawyers told ministers they would have to list the ‘essential nature’ of each separate motorway and A road in the country in order to secure such an injunction.
In the face of such an administrative nightmare, the idea is now thought to have been ditched.
The Mail reported last month how Insulate Britain is planning to fill Britain’s jails with hundreds of eco-activists in an attempt to create a ‘political crisis’ for PM Boris Johnson.
They believe significant numbers of activists being jailed could light a powder keg on wider disorder, in the run-up to the Cop26 environment summit in Glasgow next month.
In September, activist Shel MacDonagh said 300 individuals would need to get themselves jailed in order to force the Government to grant concessions to the group.
‘We need this campaign to continue going, and we think we need in the ballpark of 300 people to be able to face prison for us to be able to get a chance for this [a government concession] to happen,’ she said.
Priti Patel, the Home Secretary, has announced plans for a new type of Asbo to tackle the protests.
Criminal Disruption Prevention Orders – dubbed ‘Asbos for crusties’ – are intended to be quicker to enforce than injunctions.
A specific new offence will also be created to deal with protests by Insulate Britain and its parent group Extinction Rebellion.
It will be made a crime to ‘interfere with critical national infrastructure’, including major roads, railways, seaports, power stations and newspaper printing presses.
The new crime will carry up to six months’ imprisonment. However, both new powers will have to pass through Parliament and are not expected to come into force until spring or summer next year.
Insulate Britain is run by ringleader Norton, whose own home was found to have no cavity wall insulation.