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Home Office urges police to use new powers to stop fuel duty protestors which includes ‘imprisonment and unlimited fines’

by LLB political Reporter
5th Jul 22 10:03 am

The Home Secretary Priti Patel has urged the police across the UK to use their new powers to stop the fuel protestors using rolling roadblocks bringing the motorways to a standstill.

The new powers which were introduced “through our Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act” means that those who are protesting against high fuel prices affecting millions could face “imprisonment and unlimited fines for those blocking a highway.”

The new measures were introduced on 28 June and on Monday 12 people were arrested for calling for a cut in fuel duty so that people can survive the cost of living crisis.

A Home Office source told the Daily Mail, “Through our Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act, we have given the police a wealth of powers to deal with disruptive and damaging protests, including imprisonment and unlimited fines for those blocking a highway – actions which inflict further pain on those affected by rising prices.

“The Home Secretary would encourage and support the police to make use of all the powers available to them.

“Forces need to move people on.

“These protests are blocking people from getting to work and from carrying out other vital journeys – this is not about whether you believe in the cause or not.”

This was supported by Downing Street and a senior government source told he Times, “The Government has given the police a lot of powers to deal with this sort of stuff and we are looking to them to use it.

“We want to know what they are going to do about it.”

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