Nine Insulate Britain activists have been sent to prison for breaching a High Court injunction as they continued to cause misery for thousands of motorists as blockaded roads and motorways.
The activists admitted breaching the injunction and the nine have been jailed with sentences between three and six months.
Dame Victoria Sharp, sitting with Mr Justice Chamberlain said, “The blocking of a junction on a major motorway could be expected to and was intended to cause serious inconvenience to a large number of people.”
She said that what they did was taken with a “conscientious motive” and the right to protest and the rights of motorists using motorways “had been determined not by your say so but according to the law.”
Ben Taylor, 27, all admitted defying the injunction and because of his “call to arms” in his submissions he jailed for six months.
Taylor told the court that if they do not jail him then he will “go and block the motorway at the earliest opportunity and will continue to do so until the Government makes a meaningful statement and acts on it.”
Ben Buse, 36, Ana Heyatawin, 58, Louis McKechnie, 20, Roman Paluch, 28, Oliver Roc, 41, Emma Smart, 44, Tim Speers, 36, James Thomas, 47 were also all sentenced of between three and four months, they will not be having Christmas at home this year.