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Insulate Britain blocks M25 to demand insulation of UK homes despite injunction

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Insulate Britain protesters have returned to the M25 to demand the government insulate Britain’s homes despite an injunction against the group.

About 40 people are blocking the M25 at Junction 31 and the London Road A1090 near the Dartford Crossing as of Wednesday morning.

Protesters blocking the road on Wednesday morning. Pic: Insulate Britain
Image: Protesters blocking the road on Wednesday morning. Pic: Insulate Britain

It comes despite the High Court granting National Highways several injunctions against protesters who have been blocking sections of the M25 as well as other major transport routes in recent weeks.

The injunctions mean anyone breaching the order could face a prison sentence, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said.

Dr Diana Warner, an Insulate Britain supporter, said: “Many people are going out of their way to thank us. Some come out of their cars to thank us, some are police officers involved with our arrests. To them, we bring hope – we haven’t yet given up. We are still pushing for life saving changes.

The group are calling for homes to be insulated. Pic: Insulate Britain
Image: The group is calling for homes to be insulated. Pic: Insulate Britain
Protesters block junction 13. Pic: Insulate Britain
Image: Protesters block Junction 13 of the M25. Pic: Insulate Britain

“It is a big step to move from thanking us to taking action. But if you make some move to help us, however small, you will be helping us to achieve change.”

The group said on Wednesday that the action is coinciding with the release of a report by the charity Shelter, which found the health of 22% of renters in England – or 1.9 million households – is being harmed by poor housing.

The report said people are living in homes “that make them sick because they are mouldy, cold, unaffordable and grossly insecure”.