INSULATE Britain eco-maniacs face SEVEN years in prison if they continue to inflict traffic misery on weary Brits, warn fed-up cops.
Despite causing utter chaos by blocking the M25 six times over a fortnight, the protesters have vowed to continue causing mayhem as they don’t fear a jail term.
Il Ribellione di estinzione splinter-group has been halting traffic on both the busy M25 skirting London and, in Dover, the A20.
“They are going to keep coming back unless they are physically prevented from doing so.”
The Telegraph reported that cops are “scrambling” to keep the activists locked up, with officers delving into possible charges to lay against them.
These could include hitting them with public nuisance charges – or conspiracy to endanger motorists.
Nel frattempo, government officials are looking at bringing in a nationwide injunction.
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But there are fears such a move could backfire as it could be regarded as a “disproportionate” reaction.
“We would be prepared to look at it, but they have to be strategies that work,” said a source.
Despite these behind-the-scenes efforts, the annoying eco-morons are promising drivers to expect even more misery.
Their campaign, which is now in its third week, has already seen well over 300 arresti.
We need to see people locked up for this.
Matthew Scott, PCC, Kent
The Met Police have so far arrested 53 people following a demonstration near Junction 14 of the M25, near Heathrow, on Monday morning, in defiance of an injunction which could see them thrown in jail.
In an open letter to Home Secretary Priti Patel, the barmy group said it was not backing down.
Its members added: “We are more fearful of the loss of our country than we are of you.
“You can throw as many injunctions at us as you like, but we are going nowhere.
“You can raid our savings… confiscate our property… deny us our liberty and put us behind bars.
“But shooting the messenger can never destroy the message: that this country is going to hell unless you take emergency action to stop putting carbon into the air.”
All of those arrested were released from custody on Monday night.
The Telegraph said that it was the highways agency’s responsibility to pursue them for contempt of court.
This particular charge could result in a jail sentence of up to two years and/or an unlimited fine – if found guilty.
But retired Bristol GP, Dr Diana Warner, 62, who is a member of the group, said after blocking a motorway: “I’m really sorry, but I’m determined to do everything I can to make us safe and change society… we have to try.”
According to the Road Traffic Act, it’s illegal to “cause anything to be on or over a road… in such circumstances” that it would be “dangerous”.
Flouting the law carries a maximum penalty of seven years in jail.
A National Police Chiefs’ Council spokesman said: “Hundreds of arrests have already been made by police in areas that have been affected.
“Officers will continue to act swiftly to stop protesters from causing major disruption to UK motorways and risking their safety and the safety of others.”
Monday’s protest near Heathrow saw some demonstrators glue themselves to each other, to barriers and the carriageway, and they sprayed blue paint on the road.
After being placed under caution at the scene, Insulate Britain spokesperson Liam Norton said the group’s demands were “semplice” e a “no-brainer”.
The High Court has recently granted an injunction in favour of National Highways, making some protest activities a contempt of court carrying fines, prison sentences and asset seizures.
One angry motorist stuck in traffic on Monday told campaigners: “I’ve got to feed my kids now, I need my money now, to feed my kids now, but you don’t get that.
“You’re ridiculous, go somewhere else and stop stopping people going to work.”