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Activists from the group Insulate Britain targeted junction 30 of the M25 this morning. This is the eighth day the group has disrupted traffic over the last two-and-a-half weeks. The incident occurred near Thurrock in Essex at approximately 8am this morning. 

The group appeared to run in front of a lorry near the Dartford crossing.  

The protests had sparked tailbacks due to the nine-person protest. 

Police managed to remove three of the protestors so traffic could pass through one lane initially. 

Nine people have now been arrested by Essex Police. 

The police said: “Nine people have been arrested on suspicion of obstruction of highway.

“We are working to get the road re-opened and traffic flowing again as soon as possible.”

Essex Police previously said: “We are currently on scene of disruption on the M25 at J30 for Thurrock.

“We were called to reports of people blocking the road and officers responded within minutes.

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“We are currently working to resolve the situation as quickly and safely as possible.

“We know this will be frustrating for people using the road but we appreciate your patience and understanding.

“We’ll bring you more information when we can.”

It came as a further 11 activists from the group blocked the M25 at Swanley junction three twice on Wednesday. 

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They initially blocked the road at 7.30am before then returning at 1pm on Wednesday. 

Following a High Court injunction, the activists were banned last week from blocking, entering or endangering the free flow of traffic onto or along the M25. 

Breaches of the injunction are punishable by up to two years in jail or fined. 

The Government has insisted it is working to stop further disruption. 

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