M25 protests: 23 arrested after police drag Insulate Britain activists off motorway

© Surrey Police

Climate activists have been dragged off the M25

– Surrey Police

Police have made 23 arrests and dragged Insulate Britain protesters off the M25 after members of the group stormed onto the motorway.

The climate activists moved onto lanes of traffic on Tuesday morning, forcing cars to come to a stop.

It was the fifth time the group, which is calling on the government to help insulate homes to reduce emissions, has blocked the M25 since last week.

Police said 23 arrests were made in connection with the incident on a stretch of motorway in Surrey.

A video shows protesters walking onto the main carriageway, carrying signs and sitting on the ground.

On the other side of the motorway, more protesters were sat down holding a banner.

Officers dragged activists off the road as traffic built up.

Surrey Police said around 8.30am on Tuesday that the affected stretches of road between Junctions 9 and 10 were fully re-opened after officers cleared all Insulate Britain activists off the road.

The force said they were called around half an hour earlier following reports of protesters on both carriageways.

It said they found “a number” of demonstrators at the scene, where they had also poured blue paint on to the motorway.

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