Shameless eco-warrior teacher, 31, who has been arrested THREE times for blocking M25 says lowering carbon emissions is more important than keeping her job
- Sandy has been arrested on every day of the M25 climate protests this week
- 31-year-old says Insulate Britain activists have been ‘well protected by police’
- Says losing her job is only a ‘small concern’ compared to emissions concerns
- Ministers urged police to take ‘swift’ and decisive action against the activists
A teacher involved in the climate protests who has been arrested on all three days of the M25 chaos this week has vowed to keep returning to block the motorway.
The woman, known only as Sandy, said the Insulate Britain activists were ‘well protected by the police’ amid fury from drivers who were stuck on the road.
The 31-year-old protester also said that losing her teaching job was only a ‘small concern’ compared to the environmental impact of Britain not lowering emissions.
She added that there had been a ‘lot of screaming at us from motorists’ earlier this week but there was ‘less opportunity for it’ today thanks to the police’s involvement.
Police speak to protesters from Insulate Britain blocking J28 near Brentwood in Essex today
It comes after ministers urged officers to take ‘swift’ and decisive action against the activists after the M25 was blocked today, after protests on Wednesday and Monday.
Drivers have tried to clear the roads themselves, with one Metropolitan Police officer even filmed helping protesters to walk in front of cars and take their places.
Junction three at Swanley in Kent, nine at Leatherhead in Surrey, and 28 near Brentwood in Essex were all targeted this morning on a third day of chaos.
Sandy was among a group of protesters wearing high-vis jackets who targeted junction three at about 8.30am today, with 14 of them arrested by police.
She told The Sun Online: ‘On Monday and Wednesday there was a lot of screaming at us from motorists. Today, we’re well protected by the police and there’s less opportunity for it.’
Police arrest activists from Insulate Britain blocking J28 near Brentwood in Essex today
She said she had been arrested for the third time this week today, adding: ‘I feel calm. It’s out of my hands now. If I’m released, I will come back here.’
Insulate Britain, the group behind the protests, is an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion and is demanding that Boris Johnson pays for all social housing to be fully insulated.
And Sandy added: ‘Losing my job is a small concern compared to what’s coming if we don’t lower our carbon emissions.’
Insulate Britain claimed 79 people tried to block the London orbital motorway hours after their release from police custody following similar protests earlier this week.
Home Secretary Priti Patel is said to have told police to take ‘decisive’ action to crack down on the protests which brought traffic to a halt.
Police arrest one of the activists who is seen lying on the road near Brentwood, Essex, today
In a call with chief constables this morning, Ms Patel is understood to have reiterated her position and sought assurances as she was updated on the situation.
Ms Patel had already criticised the ‘selfish’ protesters, some of whom glued themselves to the road, after they stopped thousands of motorists on Wednesday.
Insulate Britain said its ‘actions will continue until the Government makes a meaningful commitment to insulate all of Britain’s 29 million leaky homes by 2030.
Hertfordshire Police said they did not charge them because they need more time to ‘gather evidence and build a case’ despite arresting dozens in the middle of the M25.
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