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Woman Confronts Insulate Britain Protesters As They Block Her From Visiting Mum In Hospital

Jess Hardiman

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Woman Confronts Insulate Britain Protesters As They Block Her From Visiting Mum In Hospital

A woman was seen having an emotional clash with Insulate Britain protestors as they blocked her from getting to her mother who had been rushed to hospital.

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The environmental activist group said around 50 people had blocked four sites around London this morning (Monday 4 October), as part of its ongoing campaign to encourage the government to insulate 29 million homes by 2030.

Now in the fourth week of the campaign, the protests have caused widespread disruption - including in east London's Blackwall Tunnel, where a woman confronted members of the group to tell them she needed to get to the hospital urgently to see her mother.

In footage recorded by LBC, she could be heard saying to them through frustrated tears: "She's in the ambulance, she's going to the hospital in Canterbury, do you think I'm stupid?

"I need to go to the hospital, please let me pass. This isn't OK... How can you be so selfish?"

Protestors in high-vis jackets could be seen speaking to the woman but they did not appear to let her through.

Trying to reason with them, she said: "We all believe in what you're doing but I just need to get to my mum... everybody agrees with you."

Credit: LBC
Credit: LBC

At one point she asked why they were there, to which one person replied: "No one is doing anything."

The woman then said: "But that's not my fault! And my mum is the one in an ambulance on the way to hospital!"

She was also heard telling them she had a 'b****y electric car'.

According to LBC, the woman was later allowed through.

Credit: Twitter/Talk Radio
Credit: Twitter/Talk Radio

The Metropolitan Police confirmed a number of arrests have been made.

In a statement issued earlier today, the force said: "Officers are dealing with protestors who have blocked parts of the A2, A3, A12 and A40. While the roads remain open, there is heavy disruption at all four locations with slow-moving traffic while work is underway to remove those who have glued themselves onto the road.

"So far, 38 arrests have been made for disruption of the highway and conspiracy to cause public nuisance."

Credit: PA/Twitter - @MurshHabib
Credit: PA/Twitter - @MurshHabib

It added: "We consider protests of this nature unreasonable and are acting as quickly as possible to minimise disruption caused to members of the public using the roads."

A later update said protestors had since been 'removed' and that roads were clear and traffic was moving.

Along with the protest at Blackwall Tunnel, campaigners also targeted Wandsworth Bridge, Hanger Lane and Arnos Grove.

Insulate Britain has also previously staged protests at busy spots including the M25, the M4 and the Port of Dover.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/LBC

Jess Hardiman
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