A retired Anglican vicar was once again back at the Insulate Britain protests today – marking the ninth time she has been arrested in as many weeks.Reverend Sue Parfitt, 79, from Bristol, who has also protested with Extinction Rebellion, was taken away from near the Dartford Crossing in Kent this morning after she blocked the road with other activists.Just two days ago she was also arrested on Bishopsgate in the Liverpool Street area for exactly the same offence.She has also already been arrested at other protests on the M25 on September 13, 21 and 29, and October 13.Insulate Britain said today that Parfitt has now been arrested nine times while protesting with the group.Parfitt was fined more than £1,500 in July after she took part in two XR road blockades in Parliament Square and outside a Ministry of Defence site near Bristol.
Reverend Sue Parfitt is arrested again today in Dartford, Kent Police arrest Sue Parfitt on Bishopsgate in London on Monday Parfitt arrested on September 13 (left) and September 21 (right) Parfitt arrested on September 29 (left) and October 13 (right) Angry drivers played the bagpipes in Insulate Britain activists’ faces and threatened to run them over today while others squirted ink at them and confronted police as the eco mob returned to London’s roads in rush hour.The campaigners split their action across two sides of the capital today, with one group sitting on the A40 in North Acton, West London, and others blocking a major roundabout next to the Dartford Crossing on the M25 in Kent.
Some 17 people were arrested by the Metropolitan Police in London, while Kent Police detained 32 – but Insulate Britain said the total number arrested was 55.The demonstrations lasted about two hours – having both began at about 8am.The A40 was reopened by 10am, while one lane in Dartford was open by 10.30am.The protesters have brought chaos to motorways and A roads in the capital since mid-September with 146 people taking part in the campaign and 739 arrests made so far – but no one has yet been charged.
The activists were effectively banned from all major roads in England on Monday after a landmark High Court ruling.In Dartford this morning, police held some of the drivers back and warned they could be arrested for assault if they touched the activists.One irate motorist was heard on Sky News telling an officer: ‘I’ll get the lorry down here and I’ll run over them, I promise you, just saying.Drag them out the f***ing way mate, will you?’ Meanwhile another driver got out a set of bagpipes and played them in the faces of protesters until police stopped him.
The man, who had a Scottish accent, said: ‘They are holding up ambulances, fire trucks.Disgraceful.
You’re damaging your cause.What I was doing, obnoxiously, bagpiping in your face, is what you’re doing to all this traffic – you’re obnoxiously holding up people’s lives.You’re damaging your cause guys, you’re actually damaging your cause.’ As a further motorist tried to pick up the protesters, an officer told him: ‘No, don’t even think about it.’ That driver was then heard saying: ‘Get out of the road, we’ve got work to do.
We’re trying to earn money here.We’ve got people trying to get to school, we’ve got people going to school, get out the f***ing road.’ He then tells the officer: ‘Get them out the road, why ain’t you nicking them?’ But the officer tells him to ‘get back in your car’.Motorists stuck in North Acton shortly after 8am this morning were so angry at the protesters sitting in front of them that one man squirted blue ink over them – covering a 77-year-old retired doctor called Christian.Christian said: ‘It wasn’t painful, it didn’t hurt – it was unpleasant, but just sad, the whole thing’s sad, it’s sad that we have to do this.I hate doing it, I’m a retired doctor, I’ve spent my whole life trying to help people, and I’m reduced to having to do this because the Government won’t address the problem adequately, basically.Terribly worried.’ Another driver on the A40 today removed the group’s banners, shouting: ‘Get out the road’.While being filmed by Greatest Hits Radio, he added: ‘Who’s going to help me move them, someone help me move them?’ And a BBC reporter at the scene said: ‘Now the police are here, but have readily admitted they’re too short-staffed to move them off the road, so this disruption will probably last for at least a few hours here.’ As drivers faced two-mile tailbacks on the A40, the Metropolitan Police said 17 people were arrested including six who were glued onto the road.
A spokesman said: ‘Officers have arrested 17 Insulate Britain activists for obstructing the highway at the A40 junction/Gypsy Lane, North Acton.Police worked quickly to get roads open again.
Traffic is now flowing.Thanks to motorists for their patience.’ Meanwhile, protesters at Dartford were unhappy at how quickly the police turned up, with one of the activists telling the Guardian: ‘We’re here again, Insulate Britain, and we’re attempting to block this road.
‘Police arrived very quickly, arresting us.I’m fine, it would have been good if we’d had a little longer, but we’re here, and we’re doing it, and we’re still making the same statement whether it’s for a long period or short.’ And one teenage demonstrator in Dartford was overheard saying on Sky News just before he was pulled off the road by a police officer: ‘I’m 18, I’m terrified of all the war that will happen because of the climate.’ Kent Police arrested six people in Dartford at a Hilton hotel car park before the protests even started.Protesters included Amy Pritchard and Tony Hill, who were also sat on Bishopsgate in London on Monday.
Miss Pritchard, who claimed to have been arrested 11 times since September 13, said: ‘The plan is we are being searched and are about to be arrested.
We were going to go on to the roundabout to obstruct it.We’ve been prevented from entering the roundabout.The police have not been charging us with anything or interviewing us.’There’s been a political decision not to deal with us and we don’t want to be blocking roads, so it is fine.
And we will continue until our demands are met and we are prevented from doing this.The decarbonisation at the speed and scale that is necessary is more important than the legal consequences for us all individually.’ And Mr Hill, a former police officer and soldier who is now a councillor, said: ‘I’m here through anger, fear and determination.Forgive us this disruption but please understand the reasons why we are doing it, for the disruption today will be nothing compared to what we get in the future of climate catastrophe.’ Kent Police also arrested 14 people on the A206 and another 14 by the nearby M25.A total of around 40 activists descended on Dartford, with some of them glueing their hands to the road or to each other to delay their removal.
But Insulate Britain taunted the force in a statement saying: ‘Insulate Britain would like to congratulate Kent Police for the swift and robust action they have taken today though it must be frustrating to have to devote resources to intelligence gathering on people from Insulate Britain, when we could have been in prison weeks ago.’ And the activists warned that the disruption will continue, with a spokesman for the group adding: ‘Insulate Britain will return to the roads at the earliest opportunity to continue our campaign of nonviolent civil resistance until Boris Johnson gets on with the job of protecting the people of this country.Insulate Britain has a duty to continue our campaign and we will not be bystanders whilst the Government condemns this country to death.’ The two protests comes one day after Insulate Britain urged drivers not to use the M25 as they threatened to bring chaos to the motorway again with a series of road blockades.The environmental campaigners also asked police to refuse to arrest them and had warned their ‘non-violent civil resistance’ would restart on the road from 7am today.Insulate Britain, which is an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, added that if motorists do still choose to use the M25 this morning then their speed should be ‘reduced to 20 mph to minimise the risk of accidents’.
Today’s action – which started one hour later than planned – comes after the eco-zealots brought parts of Central London to a standstill once again on Monday, with several of them glueing their hands, feet or faces to roads.Four court injunctions have been taken out in response to the protests.Most recently, National Highways secured a ban on activities which obstruct traffic on its 4,300-mile network of motorways and major A-roads in England.This came in the wake of a super injunction granted to the Government-owned agency on Monday, which prohibits Insulate Britain activists from interfering with traffic on any part of the strategic road network in England.
A man plays the bagpipes in the faces of Insulate Britain protesters sat on the road near the M25 Dartford Crossing today A man plays the bagpipes in the faces of Insulate Britain protesters sat on the road near the M25 Dartford Crossing today A motorist plays the bagpipes in front of protesters sat on the road near the M25 Dartford Crossing in Kent this morning During the Insulate Britain protest in Dartford today, police had to hold some of the drivers back and warned them they could be arrested for assault if they touched the activists.One irate motorist (in red shirt) was heard on Sky News telling an officer: ‘I’ll get the lorry down here and I’ll run over them, I promise you, just saying.
Drag them out the f***ing way mate, will you?’ Drivers on the A40 in West London threw ink over one of the protesters today – a 77-year-old retired doctor called Christian Retired doctor Christian, 77, is an Insulate Britain protester who had ink thrown at him by angry drivers on the A40 today Frustrated motorist sprays Insulate Britain activists with ink 77 year old Insulate Britain activist covered in ink by motorist Moment a man is knocked out by a single punch inside Asda store Aerials of Insulate Britain mob infuriating drivers in West London Anti-masker threatens a woman and gets punched in the face Cat brings a live mouse into bathroom while woman is on toilet Sex-obsessed alligator named ‘Kanye’ is forced to isolate Hilarious moment zoo monkey falls of ledge Hilarious moment kittens are freak out by owner wearing cat mask Undercover police car slams into on duty police officer Small dog runs rings around car while owners hilariously chase him Teen girls throw 15-year-old to the ground and punch her in the face And one teenage demonstrator in Dartford THIS MORNING was overheard saying on Sky News just before he was pulled off the road by a police officer: ‘I’m 18, I’m terrified of all the war that will happen because of the climate’ As drivers faced two-mile tailbacks on the A40 in West London this morning, officers had to divert traffic ‘for the safety of all’ Reverend Sue Parfitt, 79, is arrested yet again – for at least the sixth time in six weeks – at Dartford in Kent this morning An Insulate Britain protester is taken away by police after blocking the road near the Dartford Crossing in Kent this morning Insulate Britain protesters shout at police as the protesters block the M25 roundabout near the Dartford Crossing today Police try to remove an Insulate Britain activist from near the Dartford Crossing today after he glued his hand to the road Angry drivers remove Insulate Britain banners from activists on the A40 in North Acton, West London, this morning Insulate Britain activists cause traffic mayhem on the A40 in North Acton, West London, this morning A spokesman for Kent Police said: ‘At 8.05am on Wednesday 27 October 2021, Kent Police received a report that a group of protesters had gathered at the A206 Crossways Boulevard and some of those involved had glued themselves to the road surface, or each other.’Officers attended within minutes and by 8.30am traffic was flowing in both directions.
Fourteen people were arrested.September 13 – 78 Insulate Britain protesters arrested after blocking junctions 3, 6, 14, 20 and 31 of the M25 September 15 – More than 50 protesters arrested after targeting junctions 1, 8, 9 and 23 of the M25 September 17 – 48 protesters arrested after targeting junctions 3, 9 and 28 of the M25, as well as the M3 September 20 – 29 protesters are arrested after blocking the M25 at junctions 4 and 18, as well as the A1 September 21 – Protesters risk death by running into moving traffic to block the carriageway near Junction 10.Some 38 arrests are made.National Highways obtains an injunction against further protests on the M25 September 22 – Protesters burn copies of the injunction outside the Home Office, blocking the road outside the ministry.No arrests are made September 24 – 39 protesters arrested after blocking roads at three locations in Dover.They are all released under investigation.National Highways obtains a second injunction covering Dover.September 27 – 53 protesters are arrested for blocking a slip road at Junction 14 of the M25.
They are all released under investigation.September 28 – National Highways says it is taking ‘legal advice’ over how to enforce its injunction September 29 – 27 protesters are arrested for blocking a roundabout at Junction 3 of the M25 on two occasions September 30 – Protesters return to junction 30 at Thurrock in Essex, and nine are arrested October 1: The group block the M4 at junction 3, the M1 at junction 1 and M25 at junction 25.Some 39 arrests October 2 : Third injunction bans them from obstructing traffic and access to motorways and major A roads in and around London October 4 : 38 arrests after protesters block three major roads in London – the Blackwall Tunnel, Wandsworth Bridge and A40 and North Circular at Hanger Lane.October 8 : 19 arrested over protest at Old Street roundabout and a further 16 on the M25 at junction 24.
Transport for London gets a High Court injunction to ban them from obstructing traffic in 14 locations in London.October 13 : Protesters return to the M25 at junction 31 and a nearby industrial estate, with 35 people arrested.
October 25 : Activists target areas around Southwark Bridge, Canary Wharf and Liverpool Street station.Some 53 are arrested.
October 27 : Protesters blockade the A40 in North Acton, West London, and a major roundabout next to the Dartford Crossing in Kent.Kent Police arrested 32 protesters, while the Metropolitan Police detained 17.’Following the arrests in Crossways Boulevard, officers became aware of an additional four people who were suspected to be involved in the wider planning of the disruption.
They were detained in a nearby car park.’At around 9.05am, a further report of traffic being obstructed on a slip road for junction 1a of the M25, anti-clockwise, was received.Officers attended and detained a further 14 people, some of whom had glued themselves to the road surface.One lane is now flowing and officers are continuing to engage with several protesters at the scene.’All of those detained were arrested on suspicion of obstructing a highway and/or conspiring to cause a public nuisance.
They remain in custody as inquiries continue.’ Among those involved in the protests today was Suzie, 47, from Cambridge, who works in childcare.She said: ‘If going to prison and losing my home is what it takes to get the government to do the right thing and cut our carbon emissions then it’s a price worth paying.I can’t be a bystander while this government betrays the public, our children and future generations by failing to defend our country from the climate crisis.’Insulating Britain’s leaky homes has to come first.
It will cut out a huge chunk of our carbon emissions, help families struggling with their energy bills and end fuel poverty.It’s such a basic first step that you have to wonder why the government refuses to act.Don’t they care?’ And Ben, 36, a geologist from Somerset said: ‘Faced with 8,500 people dying from cold homes this winter and gaping holes in government carbon plans, I’m joining others and returning to the motorways.’We cannot wait until the next election, this is not a party political issue.We need to insulate and retrofit homes now to cut our carbon emissions or we will jeopardize the future of the country and the entire world.’There is widespread agreement that insulating our homes is urgent and necessary and that government plans are inadequate.The only question remaining is: will you join us on the motorway to demand action now?’ Meanwhile a spokesman for Insulate Britain said today: ‘Insulate Britain has blocked part of the A40 in West London and a roundabout in Dartford this morning after declaring the M25 a site of nonviolent civil resistance yesterday.
‘We are demanding that the government gets on with the job of insulating Britain’s homes, starting with the homes of the poorest people in the country.’The action comes in the wake of a super injunction granted to National Highways on Monday, which prohibits people from Insulate Britain from interfering with traffic on any part of the strategic road network in England.’This is one of four temporary injunctions granted to National Highways and Transport for London in recent weeks.’ It comes after a spokesman said yesterday: ‘In light of a national injunction covering England’s highways, Insulate Britain has declared the M25 a site of nonviolent civil resistance and called for motorway traffic to be slowed.’You can’t imprison a flood, there are no unlimited fines against a famine, you can’t bankrupt a fire.You can imprison the ordinary people of Britain, yet the lives of our children and those of all future generations hang in the balance.
‘By refusing to insulate Britain’s homes, our government is also condemning thousands to death through fuel poverty this winter, while countless families will once again be cold and hungry.’We are not concerned with endless injunctions.We are not concerned with our fears.We are concerned with fulfilling our duties and responsibilities at this ‘period of consequence’.’ A young protester is taken away by police from Dartford in Kent today after taking part in the Insulate Britain protests Insulate Britain protesters block the roundabout near the M25 Dartford Crossing in Kent this morning A protester who claimed he was 18 years old is taken away from police after blocking a road in Dartford this morning Protesters from Insulate Britain block traffic on the A40 Western Avenue in North Acton, West London, this morning Protesters from Insulate Britain are arrested by police in the car park of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dartford Bridge today Protesters in Dartford glue their hands to the road this morning as they attempt to cause the maximum amount of disruption A protester who claimed he was 18 years old is taken away from police after blocking a road in Dartford this morning Protesters from Insulate Britain are arrested by police in the car park of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dartford Bridge today A police officer tries to remove a protester’s hand from the road in Dartford this morning as the protesters move in again Protesters in Dartford today try to cause as much havoc as possible as one is seen lying on the road as police surround her Two protesters lie next to each other on the road in Dartford this morning a police officer stands over them Protesters sit in the road as they block a major roundabout at Dartford in Kent this morning Protesters sit on the road in Dartford today as police officers try to remove their hands from the road Protesters from Insulate Britain are arrested by police in the car park of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dartford Bridge today The group added that the M25 will ‘become a place of nonviolent civil resistance to stop our government committing crimes against humanity’ from 7am today.An Insulate Britain activist who is married to a former BBC technology chief and lives in a £900,000 home was today back out protesting in Kent just two days after being arrested in London.Louise Lancaster, 54, who left her job as a teacher to spend more time on climate activism, was seen glued to the road at a roundabout near the M25 Dartford Crossing this morning.Police stand next to Louise Lancaster at Dartford in Kent today Mrs Lancaster, of Grantchester, Cambridgeshire, has been a familiar figure at Insulate Britain protests in recent weeks and has repeatedly held up traffic while facing the ire of angry motorists.Her husband Tim Lancaster, 54, who is a current director of a climate change research group due to take part in Cop26, has also been seen at the protests in recent weeks.
Tim and Louise Lancaster (both pictured) were also involved in an Insulate Britain protest near Southwark Bridge on Monday He once worked on a ‘green’ initiative with a state-owned business in China while he had a high-flying post with the Carbon Trust, which fights climate change.He head of technology for BBC Worldwide for nine years before joining the Carbon Trust in 2005.They live in a £900,000 home in Grantchester near Cambridge He spent eight years at the taxpayer-funded organisation, initially as Operations Director before becoming its director in China working more than 5,000 miles away in Beijing.Mr Lancaster spent nearly three years in his role in China between 2008 and 2011, at a time when the one-party state was investing heavily in CO2-belching coal fired power stations to fuel its economic growth, and becoming notorious for human rights abuses.He was responsible for setting up the organisation’s first office in China and ‘developed a joint venture with a Chinese state-owned company to invest in low carbon technologies’, according to an online biography.Mr Lancaster reveals his work in China for the Carbon Trust in his LinkedIn profile, saying he ‘negotiated, setup and steered a venture capital company involving the Chinese and UK governments’.The Insulate Britain spokesman continued: ‘This government, our government, is actively pursuing policies that will lead to the destruction of our country due to climate catastrophe.’In a free society, citizens have the right and a duty to rebel against plans which will knowingly result in the deaths of millions.
‘Insulate Britain acknowledges the inconvenience and irritation we are causing to the public in our campaign, we ask that you understand that the days of disruption are necessary to force a government to fulfil its most basic of duties to protect and defend its people.’Insulate Britain considers the UK Government to be in treasonous betrayal of this country.’ The group has set out three demands – the first being that people ‘do not use the M25, or if they do, speeds are reduced to 20 mph to minimise the risk of accidents’.The second is that National Highways ‘acts on its responsibilities to keep the public safe by enforcing this speed limit’.
And the third is that the ‘police refuse to arrest us, as we are upholding the British constitution and they have a duty to refuse to obey any government that fails to uphold its first and most important responsibility: the protection of people in Britain.’ The group also insisted: ‘We will ensure that emergency ‘blue light’ access is maintained.’ On Monday, Insulate Britain activists were effectively banned from all major roads in England following a major High Court ruling.
Judges approved the application of an injunction against protesting on 4,300 miles of motorways and major A-roads, also known as the Strategic Road Network.Anyone breaking it faces unlimited fines or jail for contempt of court.It had originally been thought that the application, made by the country’s roads agency National Highways, would not be granted as it is so wide-ranging and unprecedented.It came as Insulate Britain brought central London to a standstill once again on Monday, blocking hundreds of motorists – including one driving his father to hospital for cancer treatment.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed the expanded injunction had been granted on Monday night.He tweeted: ‘Insulate Britain are back, risking lives & ruining journeys.3 specific injunctions are already in place, but today I instructed @NationalHways to apply for an injunction covering the entire strategic road network – tonight this has been granted on a temp basis by the High Court.’The long term solution lies in changes to the Police, Crime, Sentencing & Courts Bill, giving additional powers against disruptive protests which target critical national infrastructure.’This includes unlimited fines & prison sentences of up to 6 months for obstructing highways.’ It is understood the new injunction will last until Thursday, when another High Court hearing will take place to decide if it should be extended.The original injunctions only applied to the M25, feeder roads onto the M25 and the Port of Dover.
Members of the group have repeatedly blocked major roads, including the M25 and the M4, since September 13.Transport for London also has an injunction effectively banning protests.
Last week it emerged nine activists will become the first to be taken to court for allegedly breaking the original National Highways injunction, with a hearing at the Royal Courts of Justice on November 16.Following Monday’s protests, the Metropolitan Police said 53 people were arrested after obstructing four busy streets across central and east London during the morning rush hour.The blockades – the first since a temporary pause for ten days by the group – triggered fury from Londoners, with many being filmed trying to drag the eco-warriors off the carriageway.In one heated exchange, a man said he was trying to get his father to hospital for cancer treatment.
He said: ‘Do you know what it’s like someone trying to get treatment for cancer and you’re standing like this? People are trying to get to hospital, of all places.’ The protests were the organisation’s first since temporarily halting activities for 10 days from October 14.Many of the activists superglued themselves to the road surface, with one even affixing his head to the tarmac.Police attempt to unglue Insulate Britain protesters as they block the M25 Dartford Crossing roundabout this morning Police take away Insulate Britain protesters who are bringing chaos to the M25 Dartford Crossing roundabout this morning Police attempt to unglue Insulate Britain protesters as they block the M25 Dartford Crossing roundabout this morning Protesters from Insulate Britain are arrested by police in the car park of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dartford Bridge today Protesters in Dartford today are taken to the side of the road by police as they hold yet another demonstration Insulate Britain protesters block the roundabout at the Dartford Crossing in Kent this morning Protesters from Insulate Britain are arrested by police in the car park of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dartford Bridge today A protester is dragged away from the road in Dartford in Kent this morning as police officers descend on the scene Protesters from Insulate Britain are arrested by police in the car park of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dartford Bridge today Protesters from Insulate Britain are arrested by police in the car park of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Dartford Bridge today In a new tactic, they also handed out leaflets to drivers, in an apparent bid to discourage violence against them, after a woman rammed a protestor with her Range Rover earlier this month.Insulate Britain issued three requests ahead of its M25 protests restarting this morning.
They were: The message read: ‘Dear driver, we are peaceful and non-violent.’We are sorry to delay your journey.For your safety please stay in your vehicle and do not drive on the hard shoulder, this is for emergency vehicles.’The police are on their way.They will arrest us and you will be able to continue your journey.’ Protestor Tony Hill, 71, said he had travelled from near Kendal in Cumbria to the capital to take part.He said: ‘I’m here today out of anger, fear and determination.The anger that my Government is failing the people of our country.’The governments of the world are failing everyone.
Everyone says we’re at the 11th hour but we’re at midnight and nothing substantial is being done by our Government and the governments across the world.
‘We’re saying insulate as many buildings as we can.It’s a no brainer.It’s something we can all do, it’s a solution.
‘We’ve got the money; all we need is the will power from our Government to do it.It will save money, create jobs, save lives and save the planet.
Why aren’t they doing it?’ By midday, the last of the protesters at Bishopsgate and Camomile Street had been removed from the scene, letting the traffic flow freely once more.The campaign continues despite facing repeated threats of imprisonment or unlimited fine for breaking various injunctions.Yet Highways England is currently only applying for contempt of court proceedings to go ahead against nine protestors – with a court date yet to be scheduled..