On Monday and Wednesday, the demonstrators staged a sit-in on stretches of the M25, causing massive traffic jams. One of the demonstrators’ barriers is responsible for a four-vehicle pileup that resulted in a 50-year-old woman being evacuated to the hospital.
The public and lawmakers are criticising the police for failing to stop the demonstrators from carrying out their actions.
In a video obtained by the Daily Telegraph, a cop appears to be assisting demonstrators in crossing the M25 at junction 25 to assume their seats for the sit-in protest.
“They must uphold the law and take decisive action,” Ms Patel said, while extending the police the Government’s full support.
“This kind of disruption is dangerous and takes police away from communities where they are needed most.”
“This Government will not stand by and allow a small minority of selfish protesters to cause significant disruption to the lives and livelihoods of the hard-working majority,” she continued.
The Metropolitan Police Department justified its actions, claiming that it carried out a “dynamic risk assessment” to avoid demonstrators harming themselves.
A Met spokesperson informed the Daily Telegraph in response to the video evidence: “We are aware of video footage showing an officer deployed as part of our response to the protests on the M25 on Wednesday, 15 September.”
“The footage shows a portion of the entire interaction between the officers and protesters, and not the entirety of the police intervention. “
Given concerns that the demonstrators were planning to join a fast-moving road, putting themselves and others in danger, the officer conducted a dynamic risk assessment.
“In doing this, the protesters were moved to a safe area where they were arrested shortly after.”
Insulate Britain’s Fiona Atkinson told BBC Three Counties Radio that her members took action after becoming angry with the Government’s lack of action on house insulation.
“What we haven’t been able to do, pressure groups is get the government to act,” she said.
“As soon as the government say they are going act, we’ll get off the road.”
Downing Street denied it was failing to take the issue seriously.
“We are investing £1.3bn this year alone to support people to install energy efficiency measures, and our upcoming Heat and Buildings Strategy will set out how we decarbonise the nation’s homes in a way that is fair, practical and affordable,” a spokeswoman said.