Lorry crash on M25 as Just Stop Oil protest again: ‘Serious collision’ on motorway at rush hour as activist scales gantry for the third day in a row
Travel misery returned to the M25 this morning as Just Stop Oil members climbed gantries for the third day in a row – while an ‘incident’ caused a ‘subsequent’ lorry collision in Essex.
It comes after the eco-zealots caused carnage for commuters yesterday when they climbed gantries at 11 junctions Britain’s busiest motorway, following similar scenes on Monday.
Nurses were unable to get to hospital for work – or get home after a 12-hour night shift – while others missed flights or important doctor appointments.
The eco-mob is objecting the use of fossil fuels and is demanding the government agree to no new oil and gas licences.
So far today they have blocked lanes on junctions four, seven to eight and 30.
Junctions 25 to 27 are also closed clockwise as Essex Police ‘respond to an incident and a subsequent lorry collision.’
The force added: ‘A person has been arrested for causing a public nuisance.’
It has not yet been confirmed if the individual was part of the Just Stop Oil action.
A serious collision has taken place on the M25 near Essex this morning while a person has been arrested for public nuisance
Traffic was already seen piling up on the M25 as Just Stop Oil began another day of disruptive action
So far today Just Stop Oil members have blocked lanes on junctions four, seven to eight and 30 (Pictured: Protester on gantry on junction 30 today)
The continued protests are deeply embarrassing for police, who appear to have been dodged again by men and women able to climb motorway gantries to shut the road.
Surrey Police said at 6.31am today: ‘There is one protester on a gantry near junction 8 but at the moment traffic is flowing normally.
‘Officers are proactively patrolling the rest of the M25, as they have been all week.’
Earlier this morning the force had warned would-be eco-zealots that ‘any criminality will be dealt with ASAP’.
Surrey Police said at 6.31am today: ‘There is one protester on a gantry near junction 8 but at the moment traffic is flowing normally.’ Earlier this morning the force had warned would-be eco-zealots that ‘any criminality will be dealt with ASAP’.
It wrote on Twitter: ‘We’re proactively patrolling M25 again today in anticipation of further attempts to cause disruption.
‘Keeping traffic moving is key & any criminality will be dealt with ASAP. If you’re delayed, pls don’t ignore ‘red crosses’ or use hard shoulder – this impacts emergency vehicles.’
More to follow…