A new nationwide injunction has been granted against Insulate Britain protesters which means they could be jailed if they block any motorway or major A road across England.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said the protesters were “back, risking lives and ruining journeys” after activists brought the streets of the City of London and Canary Wharf to a standstill on Monday morning.
In a series of tweets on Monday, Mr Shapps outlined the action he had taken following the group renewing its roadblock campaign.
Mr Shapps wrote: “Insulate Britain are back, risking lives & ruining journeys. 3 specific injunctions are already in place, but today I instructed @NationalHways to apply for an injunction covering the entire strategic road network – tonight this has been granted on a temp basis by the High Court.
“The long term solution lies in changes to the Police, Crime, Sentencing & Courts Bill, giving additional powers against disruptive protests which target critical national infrastructure.
“This includes unlimited fines & prison sentences of up to 6 months for obstructing highways.”
The Metropolitan Police confirmed 52 people had been arrested following Insulate Britain demonstrations across London on Monday morning.
Insulate Britain – an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion – has been campaigning for the Government to insulate all homes in the UK by 2030 to cut carbon emissions.
The protesters caused mayhem by blocking roads on 14 days over a period of five weeks to October 14.
Activists even glued their hands to the carriageway to increase the length of time it took for police to remove them.
Liam Norton from Insulate Britain said: “We know that the public is frustrated and annoyed at the disruption we have caused. They should know that one way or another this country will have to stop emitting carbon.
“We can do that now in an orderly, planned way, insulating homes and preventing thousands of deaths from fuel poverty or we can wait until millions have lost their homes and are fighting for water or starving to death.”