Around 40 demonstrators from the hated group were seen sitting on the road at junction 25 of the M25 at Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, and on the A501 at Old Street roundabout.
The group descended on both locations at around 9am, with the Met tweeting three hours later to say the roads had been cleared after 16 arrests on the M25 and 19 by the roundabout.
But TfL has been granted a High Court injunction to ban the controversial protesters from blocking traffic in various locations across the English capital, such as Vauxhall Bridge, Tower Bridge, London Bridge and Chiswick roundabout.
The injunction also applies to busy London spots including Hanger Lane, the Hammersmith gyratory system, Blackwall Tunnel, the A501 ring road from Edgware Road to Old Street, Staples Corner, Redbridge roundabout and the Kidbrooke interchange.
Protesters will no longer be allowed to block Park Lane, Marble Arch Hyde Park Corner, Elephant and Castle – including all entry and exit roads and the Victoria one-way system.
Millionaire eco hypocrite Joshua Smith was seen being arrested today. This is believed to be his seventh arrest after police repeatedly released him without conditions
A TfL spokesperson said: ‘The safety of people travelling on the capital’s roads is our number one priority.
‘We have been granted an injunction this afternoon by the High Court which bans protesters from engaging in activities that obstruct traffic at 14 locations. This will help to protect London’s road network and everybody using it.
‘We will continue to work closely with the police and other highway authorities in London to manage the impact on the road network and would encourage people to check their journeys before they travel.’
It came as new evidence emerged of the public’s growing anger at Insulate Britain’s selfish behaviour, with YouGov finding that 72% oppose their actions, up from 59% when the protests first began in mid-September.
And after three weeks of protest, the group has only made more people think they’re actually hindering their own cause – 64% felt this in September and 73% think it now.
Two of the motorway bandits were lambasted by a furious mother whose daughter was late for classes due to their actions, who told them: ‘It’s backing up, all because all you care about is insulating houses.
‘My daughter is late to school, you are messing with children’s education because you are selfish. I hope you got that on camera, I think they are a disgrace.’
Smith bragged about being arrested four times for ‘mourning for life on Earth’ on September 22. He seen right at an earlier protest on September 20
It came as new evidence emerged of the public’s growing opposition to Insulate Britain’s selfish behaviour, with YouGov finding that 72% oppose their actions, up from 59% when the protests first began in mid-September
And after three weeks of protest, the group has only made more people think they’re actually hindering their own cause – 64% felt this in September and 73% think it now
At the same time scores of the protesters – who have been widely savaged for their actions – sat down in the Old Street by the hipster enclave of Shoreditch.
They were flanked by as many ‘official observers’ dressed in high-vis vests after a series of confrontations from furious motorists in recent days.
After heavy criticism, the unpopular campaigners were also seen moving for ambulances getting out.
Among the rabble was Joshua Smith, a multi-millionaire eco hypocrite who was seen being taken away by police in what is believed to be his seventh arrest after police repeatedly released him without conditions.
The activists are continuing to make a mockery of the law by violating injunctions passed by the High Court – which could see them jailed for contempt of court.
The original injunction, granted to National Highways on September 21, banned the demonstrations on the M25 and was followed by a second approved on September 24 which restricted protests around the Port of Dover.
A third injunction was granted against 100 activists on Saturday, banning them from obstructing traffic and access to motorways and major A roads in and around London – but this has failed to stop fresh chaos this morning.
Three police officers carry away an activist from hated campaign group Insulate Britain from the Old Street roundabout today
Several protesters glued themselves onto the road – a familiar tactic – forcing officers to use a chemical solution to release them
Today’s disruption at the Old Street roundabout is the latest of a series of protests that has seen the group draw the ire of the public
An elderly Insulate Britain protester – wearing a suit and tie – is arrested and taken into a waiting police car by officers
Insulate Britain: How hated group has continued to make a mockery of the law
September 13 – 78 Insulate Britain protesters are arrested after blocking junctions 3, 6, 14, 20 and 31 of the M25
September 15 – More than 50 protesters are arrested after targeting junctions 1, 8, 9 and 23 of the M25.
September 17 – 48 protesters arrested after targeting junctions 3, 9 and 28 of the M25, as well as the M3
September 20 – 29 protesters are arrested after blocking the M25 at junctions 4 and 18, as well as the A1
September 21 – Protesters risk death by running into moving traffic to block the carriageway near Junction 10. Some 38 arrests are made. National Highways obtains an injunction against further protests on the M25
September 22 – Protesters burn copies of the injunction outside the Home Office, blocking the road outside the ministry. No arrests are made
September 24 – 39 protesters are arrested after blocking roads at three locations in Dover. They are all released under investigation. National Highways obtains a second injunction covering Dover.
September 27 – 53 protesters are arrested for blocking a slip road at Junction 14 of the M25. They are all released under investigation.
September 28 – National Highways says it is taking ‘legal advice’ over how to enforce its injunction
September 29 – 27 protesters are arrested for blocking a roundabout at Junction 3 of the M25 on two occasions
September 30 – Protesters return to junction 30 at Thurrock in Essex, and nine are arrested
October 1: The group block the M4 at junction 3, the M1 at junction 1 and M25 at junction 25. Some 39 arrests
October 2: Third injunction bans them from obstructing traffic and access to motorways and major A roads in and around London
October 4: 38 arrests after protesters block three major roads in London – the Blackwall Tunnel, Wandsworth Bridge and A40 and North Circular at Hanger Lane.
October 8: Protesters hit Old Street and again the M25
Mr Smith was branded a hypocrite after it emerged he owned a multi-million pound property empire – but the homes had poor insulation, an issue at the heart of the group’s agenda.
The 28-year-old is heir to a £2million property portfolio and also has a seven-figure estate of his own. However, at least six homes owned by his Oldham-based company have efficiency ratings of E or F, according to the Sun.
This means the properties boast little or no insulation and also produce large quantities of extra carbon dioxide. Smith was pictured being held by police by the side of the M25 today before being led off in a police van.
Today, Insulate Britain was utterly unrepentant about the damage they were doing.
Spokesman Liam Norton said: ‘This isn’t a cause, this is about the deaths of our children before they get to grow old. This isn’t protesting, this is about doing whatever it takes to protect the future generations. And we want to be clear, this campaign will continue until the government gives us a meaningful statement we can trust, if that happens we will get off the roads like a shot
The Met Police said: ‘We are responding to two protests this morning which are blocking roads. Activists are disrupting traffic around Old Street roundabout.
‘They’re also disrupting motorists at Junction 25 of the M25. We’re on scene and working quickly to get traffic moving.
‘We know that some activists have used super glue to frustrate our efforts and to delay Londoner’s even further.
‘We train for these scenarios and have specialist teams on hand to help remove people and make arrests. We will share more information shortly.
The group, which is calling on the Government to insulate all homes across the UK by 2030 to help cut carbon emissions, has mostly focused on blockading the M25 but has sat down on other London roads since last Friday.
Until now, they had not yet carried out any road protests for a few days day, but their campaign of roadblocks caused fresh misery yesterday, as activists targeted three major sites of the Blackwall Tunnel, Wandsworth Bridge and Hanger Lane.
At the Conservative Party conference the Prime Minister said the Insulate Britain protesters had been ‘doing considerable damage to the economy’.
His comments came ahead of Home Secretary Priti Patel’s speech, where she laid out new measures to deal with demonstrators deemed to be disruptive.
This man wore large plastic safety glasses to today’s protest at Old Street. Officers are seen carrying him away along with a bag of his belongings
An elderly woman is kept in handcuffs on the pavement by Old Street – one of London’s busiest junctions
These two activists appeared to have glued themselves together. An officer is seen trying to release them
An officer trying to release an activist from near the Old Street roundabout today. The activists wear glasses to prevent the glue getting in their eyes
A woman is led away by a police officer, who is carrying her backpack, after Insulate Britain blocked the Old Street roundabout today
Insulate Britain activists at Old Street today. They also blocked part of the M25 motorway today in defiance of an injunction
Police officers speaking with protesters who had glued themselves onto the road by Old Street roundabout this morning
Boris Johnson told LBC: ‘There are some people who call those individuals legitimate protesters.
‘They are not. I think they are irresponsible crusties who are basically trying to stop people going about their day’s work and doing considerable damage to the economy.
‘That is why we have taken the powers and why Priti Patel is doing the right thing to bring in powers so they can get six months or an unlimited fine.’
The Home Secretary announced plans for eco-fanatics to be hit with a new type of Asbo in a fresh attempt to bring their chaotic road protests to an end.
The Criminal Disruption Prevention Orders – dubbed ‘Asbos for crusties’ – are intended to be quicker to enforce than the Government’s current approach, which has been based on High Court injunctions.
The protesters could be seen cross legged on the ground holding up the now-infamous Insulate Britain logo banners
Scores of the protesters – who have been widely savaged for their actions – sat at Old Street, in the heart of hippy London
Police appeared to swiftly leap into action at the M25, racing into the road to drag out the protesters by their high-vis vests
It came after more than 100 activists were served with an injunction against road-blocking earlier in the week at court
Today they were flanked by as many ‘official observers’ dressed in high-vis vests after confrontations at other locations
It will be made a crime to ‘interfere with critical national infrastructure’, including major roads, railways, seaports, power stations and newspaper printing presses.
The new crime will carry up to six months’ imprisonment and will be dealt with at magistrates’ courts only – after sympathetic juries acquitted a series of XR activists in the Crown courts.
It will give police new options when arresting offenders who block motorways or other sites, and make it more likely that protesters will face jail.
A Conservative source said police would ‘now have no excuse’ for not arresting and charging Insulate Britain troublemakers.
The campaigners were seen in the way of an ambulance but now move out of the way as part of a new policy from him
Insulate Britain defended action saying ‘This isn’t a cause, this is about deaths of our children’
EXCLUSIVE: Insulate Britain ringleader’s £360,000 London flat has terrible eco-credentials with no roof or cavity wall insulation and poor heating control
By Nick Fagge for MailOnline
An Insulate Britain ringleader who stormed off national TV after he was criticised by Susannah Reid for failing to practice what he preaches lives in a flat with astonishingly poor eco-credentials, MailOnline can reveal.
Liam Norton, 36, who orchestrated the recent protests that have brought the country’s motorways to a standstill, ripped off his microphone and fled the Good Morning Britain studio when the presenter challenged him about reported poor energy efficiency at his own property.
Norton, an electrician who likens himself to Winston Churchill, claimed he could not afford to insulate the property and stormed out of the GMB studio when further challenged.
Today we can reveal the full details of how the environmentalist is generating more carbon emissions than most of his neighbours: his home has ‘no roof insulation’; ‘no cavity wall insulation’; ‘poor heating control’ and ‘very poor lighting’.
The two-bedroom, first-floor flat in Streatham, south London, has an energy rating of E – the lowest category permitted for rental properties.
The home, which measures just 46 square metres, pumps out four tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, its Energy Performance Certificate [EPC] reveals.
Insulate Britain ringleader Liam Norton (pictured above), 36, who stormed off national TV after he was criticised by Susannah Reid for failing to practice what he preaches, lives in a flat with astonishingly poor eco-credentials, the MailOnline can reveal
The two-bedroom, first-floor flat in Streatham, south London, pumps out four tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, its Energy Performance Certificate [EPC] reveals
The EPC states that while the windows of the property are double glazed, the roof is not insulated, there is no cavity wall insulation and the flat has poor heating controls.
The report adds that the gas-heated flat, which is worth £360,000 and owned by Norton’s partner Sally Davidson, could easily become more energy efficient.
It recommends that by installing low energy lighting and a condensing boiler the flat’s energy costs would be slashed by ten per cent and gain a category D rating.
Ms Davidson, an Extinction Rebellion protester who was convicted earlier this year of obstruction, declined to discuss the poor energy efficiency of the flat she shares with Insulate Britain leader Norton with MailOnline.
She told a reporter: ‘I don’t appreciate you coming to my flat. Now please leave my property.’
However, last month Norton told TV presenter Susannah Reid the lack of insulation at his own home was not relevant when she challenged him during a live interview on Good Morning Britain.
He said: ‘Whether or not my home is insulated doesn’t change the fact that millions of homes are not insulated.’
Asked why he had not insulated his home, he replied: ‘You know insulation costs thousands, tens of thousands [of pounds].’
Norton, who has not taken part in any of the sit-down protests, later clashed with Reid’s co-presenter Richard Madeley when he compared the actions of Insulate Britain to Churchill’s stance against Adolf Hitler in the 1930s, before storming out of the studio.
Mr Norton is pictured being arrested after a slip road from the M25 at Junction 14, close to London’s Heathrow Airport, was blocked by Insulate Britain on September 27
The eco protestors seen targeting Old Street roundabout by sitting down and holding up banners in London today during their latest disruptive rush-hour protest
The report adds that the flat, which is worth £360,000 and owned by Norton’s partner Sally Davidson (pictured far right, with Norton far left), could easily become more energy efficient
The modest flat, which has two bedrooms and a garage, has been used as a headquarters to plot some of the eco group’s hugely disruptive demonstrations that have paralysed roads around London.
A whistle-blower said: ‘Liam [Norton] is happy for volunteers, including some really old people, to go to jail or be fined. But he doesn’t put himself at risk.
‘He invites you to the flat in south London where he organizes and explains what you are going to do but won’t do himself.
‘He lives there with his partner and just stays out of harm’s way.
‘The whole thing was never about insulating homes, it’s all about him. Liam is the ring leader. He is the problem.’
A neighbour added: ‘Liam lives there with his partner Sally. They have a small car, a Volkswagen Polo. It’s pretty old and certainly not electric. They don’t drive it very often.’
Last week Norton told TV presenter Susannah Reid the lack of insulation at his own home was not relevant when she challenged him during a live interview on Good Morning Britain
He ripped off his microphone and fled the GMB studio when the presenter further challenged him about reported poor energy efficiency at his own property
A 2004 blue VW Polo with a 1.2 litre petrol engine is parked in the road outside the Streatham flat.
It was revealed last month how Norton’s biggest supporter is his mother, 62-year-old Theresa Norton, who has joined him for the mayhem on the M25.
Ms Norton, a Labour councillor in Scarborough, north Yorkshire, told neighbours she was going on a two-week holiday before heading south to bring the country’s busiest motorway to a standstill where she was arrested four times in a week.
But like her son Ms Norton who lives in a flat without the best insulation. Her home in an Edwardian seafront terrace is understood to be protected for conservation reasons so all windows are single glazed.
Most of the properties in her street, Esplanade Gardens, have an Energy Performance Certificate rating in Band D, an average rating which ‘leaves room for improvement’, according to experts.
Source: Daily Mail UK