POLICE have charged 74 eco-warriors in connection with Insulate Britain protests on the M25 and near the Port of Dover.
The nuisance demonstrations blocked thousands of motorists during rush hour in September and October last year.
Two Insulate Britain protesters, not necessarily those charged, in actionCredit: Insulate Britain
Police officers detain an activist, not necessarily one of the 74 charged, at an Insulate Britain roadblock on the M25Credit: PA
Kent Police were called to each obstruction to “manage disruption caused to motorists and made a number of arrests”.
Officers then “worked closely” with the Crown Prosecution Service to authorise 104 charges for 74 people linked to the environmental group.
They have been summonsed to attend hearings at Crawley Magistrates’ Court from April onwards.
The protesters, who plonked themselves in the middle of the motorway and even ran directly into oncoming traffic, were calling on the UK Government to put in place policy and funding for a national home insulation programme.
Starting with all social housing, they demanded Boris Johnson makes “significant legislative change to start lowering emissions”.
Drivers’ rage boiled over as mobs of activists blocked school-run mums and lorry drivers on major transport routes.
Some went as far as to glue their hands, feet and even their faces to the tarmac.
The his-vis clad groups, some defying injunctions meant to stop them from causing disruption, were then hauled away by cops.
INSULATE BRITAIN CHARGES
* 12 people charged with public nuisance on Junction 3 of the M25 on September 13 will appear in court on April 4.
* 22 people charged with public nuisance on Junction 1 of the M25 on September 15 will appear in court on April 6.
* 39 people charged with public nuisance on the A20 in Dover on September 24 will appear in court on October 28 and 29.
* 11 people charged with obstruction at Junction 3 of the M25 on the morning of September 29 will appear in court on April 11.
* 16 people charged with obstruction on Junction 3 of the M25 in the afternoon of September 29 will appear in court on April 12.
* Two people charged with obstruction following an incident at Junction 1 of the M25 on October 27 will appear in court on April 12.
* Two people charged with criminal damage to a police car at Junction 3 of the M25 on September 29 will appear in court on April 12.
A further 19 people arrested in connection with the protests were released without charge.
Officers dealing with activists glued to the ground near a roundabout on the M25Credit: Reuters