Ministers vowed to ensure ‘guerrilla’ activists ‘cannot keep disrupting and endangering people’s lives’ (Picture: Getty / REX / PA)
Protesters from an environmental group which blocked the M25 five times in just over a week could face jail if they attempt to do so again.
National Highways requested an injunction against demonstrators from Insulate Britain last night, which was granted by a judge and will come into force later today.
It means protesters will face contempt of court charges – which could result in a prison sentence if found guilty – if they attempt to shut down the road again.
Transport secretary Mr Shapps tweeted: ‘Invading a motorway is reckless and puts lives at risk.
‘I asked National Highways to seek an injunction against M25 protesters which a judge granted last night.
‘Effective later today, activists will face contempt of court with possible imprisonment if they flout.’
Home secretary Ms Patel said the ‘important injunction’ would mean ‘people can get moving again’ on the M25.
Protesters from Insulate Britain block the M25 motorway near Cobham in Surrey yesterday (Picture: Getty Images)
‘We will not tolerate lives being put at risk,’ she added.
‘Those who continue to do so risk imprisonment.’
The last straw came when eco-protesters were forcibly removed from the country’s busiest motorway for a fifth time yesterday.
More than 30 activists descended onto the road at Junction 10 near Woking in the morning.
A terrifying video shows members of the climate group running into moving traffic on a high-speed carriage lane, bringing traffic to a halt.
Police were seen tussling with the the demonstrators as they desperately attempted to haul them back onto a slip road.
Cars can legally travel up to 70mph on the roads targeted by the activists.
There have been no reports of injuries, with video showing cars and lorries slowing down as they approached the protesters.
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