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Priti Patel’s plans Asbo blitz to bring eco mob to heel after XR and Insulate Britain protests

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Eco-fanatics will be hit by a new type of Asbo in another effort to end their chaotic street protests, Priti Patel announced today.

The Home Secretary will announce plans for measures to criminalize repeated blocking of roads or causing other delays.

The Criminal Disruption Prevention Orders — also known as “Asbos for crusties” — are designed to be faster in enforcement than the current government approach, which is based on Supreme Court orders.

In a separate move, Miss Patel will tell the Conservative Party conference that a specific new crime will be created to tackle protests by Extinction Rebellion protests and its offshoot Insulate Britain.

Home Secretary will announce plans for measures to criminalize repeated obstruction of roads or causing other delays

The Criminal Disruption Prevention Orders — also known as

The Criminal Disruption Prevention Orders — also known as “Asbos for crusties” — are designed to be faster in enforcement than the current government approach, which is based on Supreme Court orders. Pictured: the Hangar Lane toll on the A40 on Monday

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Nearly in tears, a female driver confronted eco-protesters and asked, “How can you be so selfish?”

She told the crowd blocking the Blackwall Tunnel in east London that she was trying to visit her 81-year-old mother in hospital.

Amid blaring horns, she told the demonstrators of Insulate Britain: ‘She’s in the ambulance, she’s going to the hospital in Canterbury… I have to go to the hospital, please let me through. This isn’t okay… How can you be so selfish?’

The activists — one of four groups that set up roadblocks in key London locations during yesterday’s rush hour — refused to let her through. Tensions flared as angry drivers ripped protesters from Wandsworth Bridge in the south of the capital before waving an ambulance and other cars through.

A motorist was heard saying: ‘There’s an ambulance, you stupid bastard, get off the road’, as the protesters were dragged aside.

Nearly in tears, a female driver confronted eco-protesters and asked,

Nearly in tears, a female driver confronted eco-protesters and asked, “How can you be so selfish?”

The clashes came as the government sought sweeping new legal measures to end the roadblocks that have hit the M25, M4 and the Port of Dover to date. Insulate Britain leader Roger Hallam, 55, supported his followers’ tough stance, saying he would not move even if there was an ambulance carrying ‘someone who could potentially die’.

Hallam, a failed Welsh farmer, has not been to the blockades, but has been running things from his lover’s flat in south-east London.

Yesterday, others caught in the chaos described how they missed vital appointments. Bill Wilson, 55, said he had to cancel three important scans at the Royal Brompton Hospital in west London. ‘It’s extremely frustrating. Not only for myself, but also for the costs to the NHS of canceled appointments, including the time of the advisors and state-of-the-art equipment that is sitting there unused.’

Another victim of the traffic jams said he feared his 15-year-old autistic daughter could have a seizure triggered by anxiety after being stuck in traffic for 45 minutes.

Hanger Lane in west London and Arnos Grove in north London were also targeted. By the end of the morning there had been 38 arrests.

It is criminalized to ‘interfere with critical national infrastructure’, including trunk roads, railways, seaports, power plants and newspaper printing presses.

The new crime carries a jail term of up to six months and will only be heard by magistrates, after sympathetic juries acquitted a string of XR activists in the Crown Courts.

It gives police new options when arresting offenders blocking highways or other locations, and makes protesters more likely to go to jail.

A Conservative source said police “now have no excuse” not to arrest and charge the troublemakers of Insulate Britain. However, it will take months for the new powers to take effect.

“Freedom to protest is a fundamental right that our party will fight for forever,” Miss Patel said later at the Manchester conference. “But it has to be within the law.

“The measures already being taken by Parliament will ensure that these criminals can be brought to justice for the disruption they are causing. But we are moving forward to close the loopholes exploited by these offenders.

“I’m increasing the maximum penalties for disrupting a highway; criminalizing interference in important infrastructures such as roads, railways and our free press; and giving the police and courts new powers to deal with the small minority of perpetrators who plan to travel across the country, causing disruption and misery in our communities.”

Another new offense of ‘disrupting a highway’ – announced earlier this week – carries a jail term of up to six months. It will apply to highways, A-roads and all types of local roads, a conservative source said.

The Asbo-esque injunctions, if violated, could face up to two years in prison for contempt of court, it’s understood.

Sources said it would target “a small number of common offenders who travel across the country disrupting others and causing havoc.”

They would be imposed on individuals with a history of disturbance or where there is “intelligence to suggest that they are likely to commit a criminal offense by attending certain protests.”

Crucially, the police could arrest individuals on the spot if they violated an order issued to them by a court. Anti-social behavior rules, or Asbos, were introduced in 1998 by Tony Blair’s Labor government.

They were imposed on yobs whose behavior “caused or was likely to cause harm, intimidation, alarm or distress.” Violation of civil orders can carry up to five years in prison. They were withdrawn by the Tories in 2014.

All of Miss Patel’s new measures will be introduced into the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Act next month. If approved by parliament, they are expected to come into force in the spring of next year.

The moves come after weeks of protests that police seemed powerless to stop.

Britain’s roadblock campaign entered its fourth week yesterday as activists targeted key London sites.

It is criminalized to 'interfere with critical national infrastructure', including major roads, railways, seaports, power plants and newspaper printing presses.  Pictured: Wandsworth Bridge on Monday

It is criminalized to ‘interfere with critical national infrastructure’, including trunk roads, railways, seaports, power plants and newspaper printing presses. Pictured: Wandsworth Bridge on Monday

They have repeatedly defied an interim order issued by the Supreme Court last month that prevented named protesters from blocking the M25.

Ministers are now understood to be pushing for a broader ban, which could serve as a stopover before the new powers are introduced.

In her conference address today, Ms. Patel will also insist that she has “redoubled” her efforts to address violence against women and girls following the murder of Sarah Everard.

The Home Secretary declined to name the murderer of Ms Everard, former police officer Wayne Couzens, who was sentenced to life in prison last week.

“I know all our thoughts are with Sarah Everard’s family and friends. Her killer, whose name I refuse to repeat, was a monster,’ Miss Patel will say.

“His express intent was to instill fear and terror on women and girls. I say this as Minister of the Interior, but also as a woman.

“Such unscrupulous crimes and acts of violence against women and girls have no place in our society.”

Miss Patel will also set out her determination to tackle the Channel’s migrant crisis.

She will say, “My new immigration plan is already making its way through Parliament.

“At the heart of this Plan is a simple principle. Check. That is not unreasonable.

France is a safe country, not torn by war or conflict. There is no reason why an asylum seeker should come to the UK directly from France.”

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