Speaking to protesters from the climate change group, who are calling on the Government to insulate British homes to reduce emissions, a Surrey Police officer can be heard offering a raft of assurances and assistance to protesters as they sit at junction 23 of the M25 at South Mimms. The bizarre moment was captured on camera as an officer offered a soft hand to the sitting activists. Surrey Police said so far 25 people have been arrested following protests at both junction 23 and 9 on the M25 which are now cleared.
The officer can be heard saying: “Any chance at all that any of you want to move over there?
“Individual officers will come and speak to you and they will make their own decision as to whether or not you are arrested.”
She added how any protester that fails to comply will be served with a Section 14 order meaning Police have the power to intervene in public protests and break them up if they feel the demonstration results in public disorder.
But despite holding traffic up for hours with their protest, resulting in miles of tailbacks and delays and even reportedly forcing a woman to remain in her car as she went into labour – the Police officer extends an olive branch to the demonstrators.
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She can be heard telling the group: “If you have got any questions at all just ask.
“And if any of you are in any discomfort or need anything, just let me know and we will try and sort you out in a nice way!”
The officer repeated her offering adding: “If you need any assistance at all just let me know, ok?”
While to make matters worse, it was reported how a “multiple-vehicle collision” took place nearby junction 8 and 9 near Leatherhead where an air ambulance was dispatched according to Highways England.
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Insulate Britain insists its protests will continue until the government makes a “meaningful commitment to insulate Britain’s 29 million leaky homes, some of the oldest and most energy inefficient in Europe”.
A statement issued on its website said: “We demand credible action now. Proper jobs for hundreds of thousands of people to start the first real step – to insulate all the homes of this country – which pound for pound gives us the biggest reduction in carbon emissions.
“It is a total no-brainer and yet this Government refuses to get on with the job. This is criminal negligence.”
Similar protests on Monday resulted in the arrests of at least 77 people.