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Sheffield man in dangerous M25 protests says ‘I’m willing to go to prison over this’


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A Sheffield man involved in the protests on the M25 says that he is “willing to go to prison” for the cause.

Insulate Britain protester Dr Bing Jones said that the personal risk was worth it in order to get the message from the group across.

It comes as protesters have targeted the M25 five times in the past week by charging into the carriageway and stopping traffic.

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But Dr Jones, from Sheffield, says that the message of insulating homes in Britain was worth the personal risk involved in blocked the M25.

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s PM programme, the environmentalist – who protested on the M25 on Monday and has been arrested four times in the past eight days – said: “I accept that I put my life at risk. I don’t really accept that we have put other lives at risk.

“There are traffic jams continually, accidents happen daily, there are roadblocks for roadworks – all sorts of problems like that. The traffic increases and decreases in speed.

“I’m not worried about other people. I am a little bit worried about myself; my wife is very anxious about me.

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“But I think it is worth it, I really think it is worth it. I’m willing to sacrifice, I’m willing to go to prison over this because people need to realise – people don’t see the maths.”

He added: “The disruption weighs heavy on me but it is necessary. Insulating houses is by far the most cost-effective means of reducing carbon emissions within the UK and it could bring millions of people out of fuel poverty.”

Surrey Police Chief Inspector Mike Hodder and Chief Superintendent Jerry Westerman told a press briefing that protesters charging into motorway traffic were putting drivers at a “very high” risk of death, but admitted police powers to charge the majority were “pretty limited”.

Protesters occupying the clockwise and anti-clockwise lanes on the M25 in Surrey this morning
Protesters occupying the clockwise and anti-clockwise lanes on the M25 in Surrey this morning

The pair spoke at a press briefing after the force arrested 38 activists from the group Insulate Britain who targeted junctions 9 and 10 of Britain’s busiest motorway at 7.57am on Tuesday.

Chief Superintendent Westerman said the demonstrators were cleared by 8.17am and were being held at various custody centres, but none had been charged by 4pm.

Footage taken at the scene by LBC showed the protesters walking on to the motorway and sitting down on the ground in front of moving traffic.

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