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Just Stop Oil protesters blockade M25 and cause nine-mile queue after record heatwave

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Protesters from Just Stop Oil are climbing motorway signs on the M25 and causing disruption in response to the extreme temperatures in the UK and what they describe as the Government’s “inadequate preparations” for climate change.

One group of activists at junction 10 eastbound near Cobham, Surrey, on Wednesday morning said they will climb the gantries that support overhead motorway information signs.

The environmental protest group said more members are on their way, as part of planned action between Wednesday and Friday.

“We are risking our civil liberty being up here,” one protester said in a statement released on social media.

“We do not want to be here but we feel it is what we must do.”

In a statement released on the group’s Twitter page, the organisation declared the M25 a “site of civil resistance against the UK government” and requested “no one travels on this motorway from Wednesday to Friday this week” as “they will be blocking the highway”.

A spokesperson from Just Stop Oil said: “The main thing is, we’ve just seen 40-degree temperatures, which have been predicted for decades, maybe it’s happening a bit faster, but it has just revealed how inadequate the Government’s preparations for climate change are and their entire policy, and basically, we’re just saying, it’s evident now we cannot continue.”

The group demands the Government make a “meaningful statement” that they will commit to stop licensing and consents for the exploration, development and production of fossil fuels in the UK, which they say is “the necessary first step to ensuring a liveable future.”

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