Transport Secretary announces new injunction against eco-zealots Insulate Britain

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Transport Secretary Grant Shapps.

Insulate Britain – an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion – have been hit with another High Court injunction Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps has confirmed.

The move comes after 53 people were arrested following protests in London on Monday.

The eco-zealots were causing disruption in the capital demanding the Government insulate all British homes by 2030.

The group targeted London’s financial district in Canary Wharf and the City of London during Monday’s rush hour, obstructing Limehouse Causeway as well as nearby Liverpool Street, Bishopsgate and Upper Thames Street.

Some protestors were supergluing their hands to the road with one activist having to be cut free after gluing his face to the tarmac.

Mr. Shapps took to Twitter last night (25th October) to say the High Court had approved a fourth injunction against the activists following the most recent disruptions.

Mr. Shapps posted:

“Insulate Britain are back, risking lives & ruining journeys.

“Three specific injunctions are already in place, but today I instructed @NationalHways to apply for an injunction covering the entire strategic road network – tonight this has been granted on a temBillis by the High Court.”

The Department for Transport said the injunction outlaws “activities that obstruct traffic and prevent access to 4,300 miles of motorways and major A roads,” as well as banning “activities which cause damage to the road surface and infrastructure,” such as protesters gluing themselves to roads.

Anyone who breaches the injunction faces the prospect of time in prison and / or an unlimited fine, as well as the prospect of having to pay court costs.

The Transport Secretary added in a follow-up post:

“The long term solution lies in changes to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, giving additional powers against disruptive protests which target critical national infrastructure.

“This includes unlimited fines & prison sentences of up to 6 months for obstructing highways.”

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