58 people charged after four-day Just Stop Oil protests on M25 which will be 'paused' to urge Government to stop new oil and gas licences

11 November 2022, 06:29 | Updated: 11 November 2022, 18:11

Just Stop Oil have paused their M25 protests after four consecutive days
Just Stop Oil have paused their M25 protests after four consecutive days. Picture: Alamy/Just Stop Oil

By Daisy Stephens

A total of 58 people have been charged after the four-day Just Stop Oil protests which shut down part of the M25 this week.

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The Metropolitan Police said it had arrested 63 people during a ‘major operation to tackle serious disruption’.

Just Stop Oil have paused their disruptive M25 protests and urged the government to "honour all those who served and loved their country" on Remembrance Day by halting new oil and gas licences.

In a statement, the group said they were halting their campaign to "give those in government who are in touch with reality to consider their responsibilities to the country".

"From today, Just Stop Oil will halt its campaign of civil resistance on the M25. We are giving time to those in Government who are in touch with reality to consider their responsibilities to this country at this time," read the statement.

"We ask that the Prime Minister consider his statement at COP27, where he spoke of the catastrophic threat posed by the ravages of global heating, the 33 million people displaced by floods in Pakistan, and the moral and economic imperative to honour our pledges.

"You don't get to recycle words and promises — you owe it to the British people to act.

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"Today is Remembrance Day, we call on you to honour all those who served and loved their country.

"Take the necessary first step to ensure a liveable future and halt new oil and gas. The UK Government’s failure to do so is a criminal dereliction of its fundamental duty — to protect and safeguard the lives of its citizens, and is an act of utter betrayal of billions of people living in the Global South. It is murder, plain and simple.

"The supporters of Just Stop Oil are now the people upholding law and order and protecting civil society. Under British law, people in this country have a right to cause disruption to prevent greater harm — we will not stand by."

Activists scaled M25 gantries for the past four days
Activists scaled M25 gantries for the past four days. Picture: Just Stop Oil

Just Stop Oil have caused four days of chaos on the M25.

Activists from the group scaled overhead gantries, shutting large swathes of the motorway and causing hours-long queues.

The Met said 11 people who have been charged are due to appear at various courts on Friday.

Daniel Misfud, 46, of Totnes, Devon, is to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court.

Nicholas Onley, 60, of Tottenham, north London; and Thomas Gardener, 40, of Stapleford, Nottinghamshire; are to appear at Reading Magistrates' Court.

Diana Hekt, 68, of Kirklees, Huddersfield, West Yorkshire; and Tez Burns, 34, of Swansea; are to appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court.

Mair Bain, 35, of Derby; Phoebe Plummer, 21, of Clapham, south west London; David Mann, 50, of Ipswich; Cressida Gethian, 20, of Ledbury, Herefordshire; Christopher Ford, 35, of Cambridge; and Quido Wieswer, 18, of Pentonville, north London; are all set to appear at Colchester Magistrates' Court.

The delays have caused chaos across the country. One man even missed his father's funeral because of the delays, and countless others have reported missing work or university as a result.

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On Wednesday two lorries and a police motorbike were involved in a collision as a roadblock was set up to deal with the protests, injuring a police officer.

Just Stop Oil admitted the incident was "awful".

The group's action caused long tailbacks as large parts of the motorway had to be closed
The group's action caused long tailbacks as large parts of the motorway had to be closed. Picture: Alamy

The policing has been under fire during the four days of action.

Forces in Kent, Hertfordshire, Surrey, London and Essex have been criticised for not acting fast enough to remove protesters.

And Herts Police has fallen under heavy criticism for the arrest of LBC reporter Charlotte Lynch as she covered a demonstration on Tuesday.

She was searched and held in a cell for five hours, despite the fact she had her formal press identification with her.

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On Thursday, Herts PCC David Lloyd apologised, saying it "doesn't seem the right decision was made".

However he hit out at press coverage of the protests, blaming the media for giving the group the "oxygen of publicity".

"Your editorial policy needs to reflect whether or not we want to be part of the problem which is how Just Stop Oil are managing to get their message out their so very successfully,” he said.

But Nick challenged him, saying every editor must be on the wrong page because it is not just LBC covering the protests – and that if a group closes sections of an important motorway, "that’s what we in the business call news".

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