New measures to block disruptive activists’ travel

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The government has already taken out a fresh injunction to target protesters who cause disruption on any of the highways on the Strategic Road Network linked to the M25 in the south east, reports Asian Lite Newsdesk

UK Home Secretary Priti Patel is set to announce new powers for courts to prevent people attending protests, in a speech to Conservative conference, the BBC reported.

A Tory source told BBC that the measures would cover people with a “history of disruption”, or where intelligence suggested they were might commit crime.

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Dominic Raab will promise to increase the electronic tagging of offenders. He will also pledge to do more to tackle violence against women and girls.

According to BBC, Raab will promise £183m to double the number of offenders in England and Wales on electronic tags by 2025, in a bid to cut reoffending rates. And he will also pledge £90m to pay for more hours of community payback by offenders.

The home secretary’s announcement comes after a string of attempts by climate activists to block roads including the M1 and M25.

The protesters are part of the Insulate Britain campaign who want the government to insulate all homes across the UK by 2030 to help cut carbon emissions.

Their campaign has been going on for over three weeks and has led to more than 300 arrests, it was reported.

Injunction against climate activists

The government has taken out a fresh injunction to target protesters who cause disruption on any of the highways on the Strategic Road Network linked to the M25 in the south east.

The new injunction bans activities that obstruct traffic and access to motorways and major A Roads in and around London. It also bans activities which cause damage to the road surface and infrastructure and prohibits activists from gluing themselves to the road or abandoning their vehicles.

Anyone who breaks this injunction faces imprisonment or an unlimited fine. Activists found in contempt of court may also be forced to repay the costs of their case.

Furthermore the police will now be able to release information on the activists, as well as evidence, to National Highways so that the injunctions can be enforced. This will speed up the enforcement process and ensure that those who disobey the authority of the courts face the consequences.

A number of activists have already been served with court papers and may face a court hearing and imprisonment or a fine for contempt of court if they are found to be in breach of the injunctions going forward. 

”We will continue to do all we can to prevent this self-defeating, disruptive and incredibly dangerous behaviour being carried out by Insulate Britain. They are putting lives in danger and damaging their own cause,” Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.

“Today, we’re ensuring every major road and motorway linked to the M25 is covered by this injunction to help prevent further disruption.”

Activists are being tracked down and served court papers and will now face justice. We will take the strongest action against anyone else who decides to take part in this ridiculous and irresponsible action.

National Highways Regional Director Nicola Bell said: “This new injunction covering the Strategic Road Network in and around London is another step forward in helping to keep these reckless and dangerous protests away from our network and endangering peoples’ lives.”

He added: “We continue to serve court papers on those who have breached the previous injunctions, and repeat offenders will soon be receiving a court summons. People who breach the injunctions face imprisonment or an unlimited fine.”

National Highways has already taken out two injunctions to prevent action along the M25, as well as major roads around the Port of Dover, following the dangerous disruption caused by demonstrators from Insulate Britain.  

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