Witnesses sought following M25 protests
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We are appealing for witnesses following protests held at two junctions of the M25 yesterday morning (13 September).
We were called to Junction 6 and Junction 14 of the motorway just after 8am following reports that a number of people were protesting on behalf of Insulate Britain.
A total of 35 people were arrested on suspicion of various offences, including public nuisance, obstructing the highway and conspiracy to cause danger to road users. They were taken to custody, with 15 released on conditional bail while the rest have been released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Protests also took place at other junctions of the motorway.
Diversions were set up while officers dealt with the situation. Both Surrey junctions of the M25 were fully reopened as soon as the protestors had been removed.
Detective Inspector Chris Friday said: “The M25 was closed at junction 6 and Junction 14, resulting in congestion and considerable delays for motorists.
“Protestors ignored police requests to move on, so we took robust action to enable the motorway to be reopened and to remove those causing obstructions.
“A number of people were taken into custody and enquiries are progressing. However, we would like to appeal to anyone who witnessed the incident or anyone with any dashcam footage to come forward as you may be able to help us progress our investigation.”
“We would also like to thank all those motorists who got caught up in the delays while we dealt with the incident to ensure it was brought to a safe and satisfactory conclusion."