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Cops could be handed tougher powers to stop eco-idiots from blocking motorways

MINISTERS are looking at handing cops tougher powers in a bid to stop eco-idiots blocking motorways.

Home Secretary Priti Patel and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps are “working through legal avenues” to issue blanket orders preventing Insulate Britain cranks from blocking any roads.

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Priti Patel is ‘working through legal avenues’ to issue blanket orders preventing Insulate Britain cranks from blocking any roads

It’s emerged that injunctions won by ministers last week only apply to named protestors, rather than the group as a whole.

They hope to come up with a solution that sees “ the judgements of our courts respected.”

It comes as the group targeted the M25 again yesterday despite an order being in place designed to end the chaos caused by their dangerous stunts.

A government source said: “The contemptible antics of Insulate Britain are no laughing matter for the law-abiding majority whose daily lives are being impacted by their obstructive behaviour.

The police have our full support in clamping down on these dangerous protests.

“Legal, peaceful demonstrations remain a cornerstone of our democracy, but occupying motorways and major roads, putting lives at risk and causing untold harm, is totally unacceptable.”

They added: “The public expect us to ensure that the authorities have the necessary powers to clamp down on these protests and we will.”

Insulate Britain protesters block a roundabout at Junction 3 of the M25

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Insulate Britain protesters block a roundabout at Junction 3 of the M25Credit: PA
Police officers detain a protester from Insulate Britain occupying a roundabout leading from the M25

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Police officers detain a protester from Insulate Britain occupying a roundabout leading from the M25Credit: PA
A government source said: 'The contemptible antics of Insulate Britain are no laughing matter for the law-abiding majority whose daily lives are being impacted by their obstructive behaviour'

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A government source said: ‘The contemptible antics of Insulate Britain are no laughing matter for the law-abiding majority whose daily lives are being impacted by their obstructive behaviour’Credit: AFP
Insulate Britain protesters block the Swanley Interchange junction 3 of the M25



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