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M25 traffic: Journalist arrests ‘wrong’ during protests, police commissioner says

A photographer, film-maker and LBC reporter covering Just Stop Oil protests were taken into custody this week

Thomas Kingsley,Zoe Tidman
Thursday 10 November 2022 15:04 GMT
Just Stop Oil activist dangles legs over M25 gantry on second day of protests

A police commissioner has admitted officers “got it wrong” by arresting members of the press covering Just Stop Oil protesters on the M25.

A photographer, film-maker and LBC reporter were all taken into custody by Hertfordshire Police this week.

David Lloyd, the police and crime commissioner for the force, told LBC: “I am certain that there was no reason to arrest them such as you have given. As I said at the outset I think we got it wrong.”

Meanwhile Just Stop Oil returned to overhead gantries along the M25 on Thursday for the fourth day in a row.

The climate group once again shut down roads and caused delays along the motorway to call for an end to all new oil and gas. Traffic was brought to a standstill near Heathrow in the morning.

The Metropolitan, Surrey and Essex Police all arrested individuals over the action on Thursday.


Tweets from drivers stuck in traffic on M25

Here’s what people who have been struck in traffic on the M25 are saying:

Zoe Tidman10 November 2022 10:37

Three charged after yesterday’s protests

Essex Police have charged three people with public nuisance after the M25 protests yesterday:

Zoe Tidman10 November 2022 10:18

More transport disruption in London

It is not just the M25 facing disruption today.

Public transport in London is being hit with strike action today, with most tube lines suspended.

You can catch the latest updates here:

London Underground grinds to a halt as TfL staff walk out – follow live

Alternative services expected to be extremely busy

Zoe Tidman10 November 2022 10:04

Just Stop Oil vows to continue until demands met

Just Stop Oil has replied to the Metropolitan Police...

Zoe Tidman10 November 2022 09:54

Traffic at standstill near Heathrow

Traffic is currently at a standstill near Heathrow airport.

Nearby Junctions 15 and 16 have been hit by a protest this morning.

Zoe Tidman10 November 2022 09:45

Full story: Just Stop Oil back on M25 for fourth day in a row

Just Stop Oil supporters are protesting on the M25 for the fourth consecutive day.

The Metropolitan, Essex and Surrey Police said they were dealing with incidents:

Just Stop Oil protesters target M25 for fourth day

Surrey Police said officers are dealing with activists who have climbed a gantry at Junction 8 of the UK’s busiest motorway.

Zoe Tidman10 November 2022 09:33

M25 closures and delays

The M25 is closed between Junction 15 (Thorney Interchange) and Junction 16 (Uxbridge).

Police have cleared other incidents along the motorway, but delays remain:

Zoe Tidman10 November 2022 09:20

Two arrested by Surrey Police after climbing on M25 gantries

Surrey Police have also made two arrests after activists climbed on two different gantries: one at Junction 8 at Reigate Hill and another heading towards Junction 7.

Zoe Tidman10 November 2022 09:18

Met Police make an arrest

The Metropolitan Police has made one arrest after somebody climbed on Junction 25 at Waltham Cross.

Zoe Tidman10 November 2022 09:04

Protesters back on M25 gantries at ‘multiple locations'

Here is Just Stop Oil on their fourth day of action:

Zoe Tidman10 November 2022 08:55

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