Five more arrested following third morning of M25 disruption in Surrey
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Five further arrests have been made this morning (9 November), following a third morning of disruption along the Surrey stretch of the M25.
Four people were arrested on suspicion of intentionally/recklessly causing a public nuisance public nuisance, while one was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance. They are all still in custody.
This brings the total number of arrests made in Surrey so far to 16 after five people were arrested yesterday (8 November). They were all charged with intentionally/recklessly causing a public nuisance public nuisance and are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court this afternoon.
Six people who were charged after being arrested on Monday (7 November), have already appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court.
Two people pleaded guilty to intentionally/recklessly causing a public nuisance including:
Arne Springorum, 58 (08.03.64), of no fixed address, was arrested at junction 6. She was bailed to appear at Southwark Magistrates' Court for sentencing on Tuesday, 6 December.
Anthony Whitehouse, 71 (20.09.51), of West Park Street, Dewsbury, was arrested at junction 6. He was bailed to appear at the same court for sentencing on Wednesday, 30 November.
The following people were remanded in custody (and didn’t enter a plea):
Callum Goode, 23 (07.11.99), of Compton, Ashton (Junction 7)
Catherine Rennie-Nash, 50 (08.03.72), of Garden Road, Kendal (Junction 11)
The following people were bailed:
Anna Retallack, 58 (15.02.64), of Grovehill Crescent, Falmouth (Junction 9)
Superintendent Graham Barnett, from Surrey and Sussex Operations Command, said: “Make no mistake, what we are seeing this week is not peaceful protest, it is large-scale, co-ordinated, criminality disrupting the lives of thousands of people trying to go about their daily business.
“Our main concern continues to be the safety of other road users as well as protecting our officers who are climbing gantries to remove them and get the roads running again. This kind of dangerous activity puts the public at risk, it puts police officers at risk, and it diverts our resources away from tackling other crime in our communities.
“We will continue to work with the Crown Prosecution Service to seek charges for those committing offences today.
“Alongside our colleagues in other forces we are conducting proactive patrols and acting fast on intelligence we receive about these activists. This has resulted in some pre-emptive arrests, and we will continue to do this. However, it is neither feasible nor sustainable for us to continually police hundreds of gantries around the M25.”