Government extends legal action against protesters obstructing routes to Dover

The High Court has approved a further injunction against climate activists who have been carrying out a string of demonstrations along major roads and at the Port of Dover.

It means protesters will be in contempt of court if they breach the terms of an interim injunction won by National Highways. Breach of the injunction can be punishable by up to two years in prison and an unlimited fine, serving as a deterrent for anyone thinking of re-joining the disruptive action.

National Highways previously secured an injunction against the Insulate Britain protesters for what they call the guerrilla tactics used on the M25, and National Highways says it intends to return to court to extend the injunction and potentially seek additional powers of arrest.

It hopes the intervention will help dissuade activists from carrying out any further disruption.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said, “We are absolutely committed to protecting the right to peaceful protest, but it is unacceptable that people cannot go about their day-to-day businesses and that businesses, or critical supplies should be put on a knife’s edge because of the reckless actions of a few protesters.

“I commend the work of Kent Police and the Port of Dover authorities today to quickly resolve the issue and keep our critical supplies moving, and I will do everything to prevent these sort of guerrilla tactics from putting people’s lives at risk and keeping our emergency services away from the communities that need them.”

Home Secretary, Priti Patel added, “The British public are rightly furious that the behaviours of a selfish minority have been putting lives at risk and causing untold disruption on our roads and now at Dover. We will not tolerate the recklessness of these few activists and the police continue to have our full support in cracking down on their dangerous behaviour.

“The public and the police want officers back serving their communities and cutting crime, not dealing with people happy to put the safety and needs of others at risk.”

(File picture – Insulate Britain)

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