A furious school-run mother blew up a “selfish” mob of Insulate Britain protesters who again blocked the M25.
Gormless eco enthusiasts took charge of exit junction 25 at Waltham Cross in Hertfordshire this morning after the group violated another injunction meant to prevent them from causing disruption.
Meanwhile, a second group of protesters camped at the busy Old Street intersection in Islington, preventing inbound ambulances from arriving.
A mother stuck in huge queues on the M25 was seen targeting banner-holding protesters for bringing her daughter late to school.
The woman – who sat in the front seat of a child wearing a school uniform – leaned out the window to call the protesters “a disgrace, a complete disgrace”.
She exploded: “My daughter is late for school. You are playing with children’s education because you are selfish.”
In London, shocking images showed children’s intensive care ambulance drivers talking to police as they struggled to break through protesters’ barricades at the Old Street roundabout.
Furious commuters honked their horns desperate to go to work as protesters camped during rush hour.
Insulate Britain said about 40 “ordinary people” took to the streets in two different places on the 12th day of the travel chaos.
The police rushed to pull the ruthless workers off major roads this morning.
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Controversial group leader Liam Norton – who stormed Good Morning Britain during a discussion about his own eco-habits – said the demonstrations won’t stop anytime soon.
He added: “We want to be clear, this campaign will continue until the government gives us a meaningful statement that we can rely on, if that happens we will go off the streets like a shot.”
Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps slammed today’s protesters as “sticking fools” and said they were “absolutely wrong” to launch new demonstrations.
He told LBC: “It’s dangerous, it’s really outrageous, and really, ironically, it probably adds to the pollution because the cars are idle, waiting for their crap…
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“Existing laws need to be tightened to get these clumsy idiots off the road, and the Home Secretary has said she will do so in the Crime and Punishment Police Bill that is underway in Parliament.
“Meanwhile, I am actively applying for a court injunction, which covers the national highway network around London, around the South East. Now these people can go to jail for what they are doing.
“I would very much imagine that the courts would take very little of the idea that they are ignoring a court order.
“It can be unlimited fines, six months in jail, we are actively serving people from door to door – more than 100 have been served.
“And I think we’re going to start to see that the courts take a very dim view and shut down some of these people, it’s unacceptable.”
He continued: “I can tell you those injunctions could be violated and people could go to jail as a result.”
On Tuesday, Home Secretary Priti Patel announced that police would be empowered to arrest repeated climate protesters before they stick themselves to the tarmac.
She is tightening stop-and-search rules to prevent people suspected of carrying heavy-duty locks or industrial-strength glue near motorways, airports and seaports.
Protesters can now face up to six months in jail or an unlimited fine by a magistrate immediately upon arrest.
Protester Tracy Mallagan – who joined the group on the M25 today – said the country was facing a “terrible situation”.
She told LBC: “We wouldn’t worry about a shortage of pasta or loo rolls because law and order breaks down very quickly when there isn’t enough food to go around.
“The government will not think about whether there are enough hospital beds or ventilators, but whether there are enough people left to bury the dead.
“The government is destroying our country. Boris Johnson should be taken to court for treason. Our flesh and blood are being thrown away as vain.”
It follows a two-week long series of chaotic blockades by the group.
They closed major routes in and around London, including the M25, M1 and M4 – leading Boris Johnson to label him an “irresponsible Krusty”.
The PM told LBC: “There are some people who call those individuals legitimate protesters. They are not.
“They are irresponsible crusties who are basically trying to stop people from going about their day jobs and doing a lot of damage to the economy.”
On 2 October the government obtained a new injunction prohibiting the group from obstructing traffic and access to motorways and major A roads around London.
Anyone who breaks an injunction faces imprisonment or an unlimited fine, and activists found in contempt of court may also be forced to pay the cost of their case.
On Monday, harrowing footage showed a woman begging Insulet Britain to “move her cars” as they stopped her from following her 81-year-old mother in an ambulance.
A group of protesters could be seen standing as the desperate daughter shouted: “She’s in the ambulance, she’s going to Canterbury – do you think I’m an idiot? She’s in Canterbury!
“I have to go to the hospital, please move your cars. It’s not okay!”
Despite her helpless cries, the protesters refused to budge.
And the woman can be heard begging: “How can you be so selfish? It’s very selfish. Can’t you understand, my mother is 81 years old and she is going to the hospital.
“Unbelievable. Let it be at your discretion.”
Crime and Police Minister Kit Malthhouse told Sky News of the footage: “It’s really disturbing stuff that’s coming out now.
“While we all clearly value the right to protest, there is a difference between causing disruption and causing harm.
“We believe that these protesters and some of the others that we have seen over the years have crossed the line between exercising their authority, but also their responsibility to the rest of us, and Something needs to be done.”
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