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Grant Shapps, 53, said the High Court had approved a temporary injunction against the eco-zealot activists following yet another set of Insulate Britain protests. Mr Shapps, who has represented voters from Welwyn Hatfield in the Commons since 2005, posted on Twitter at around 7.30pm: “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 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.”
Mr Shapps’ announcement comes after the Metropolitan Police said 53 people were arrested following yesterday’s protests in London.
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Activists from Insulate Britain, an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, arrived in the capital to demand that the Government insulate all British homes by 2030.
During yesterday’s protest, members from the group targeted capital hotspots, including Limehouse Causeway, Liverpool Street, Bishopsgate and Upper Thames Street.
Matthew Tulley, who arrived with the group, was even left wincing after taking the “extreme action” of gluing his face to the road.
“It wasn’t one of my better moves,” Tulley said as those around him cut him free using scissors.
The most recent injunction is the fourth imposed against the eco-zealot group.
The first, introduced on September 21, called on activists not to block the “free flow of traffic onto or along the M25 motorway for the purpose of protesting”.
Insulate Britain was then hit by another injunction, which saw Transport for London be granted a ban on protests on the capital’s roads.
This injunction has since been extended.
While injunctions can lead to jail time, with the M25 injunction carrying a maximum two-year prison sentence, the moves in the High Court are yet to have dissuaded eco-activists from taking direct action.
However, the group did temporarily suspend its controversial climate change campaign between October 14 to October 24.
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Insulate Britain has since released a statement saying they will not “stand by while the Government kills our kids”.
The resumption of activist disruption comes after it appeared the public had turned against the group.
Would-be drivers have previously been seen heckling, confronting and even removing the high-vis wearing protesters from the roads.
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