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Isolating Britain’s protesters has wreaked havoc on major roads and motorways (Image: PA)

Transport to London has been ordered by the High Court to ban isolated British protesters from preventing traffic at 14 locations around the capital.

It comes after climate activists were accused of blocking ambulances as they sat in the middle of Old Street – a few hundred meters from Moorfields Eye Hospital.

The extinction offshoot offshoot group also returned to the M25 during rush hour this morning in breach of a previous district court ruling.

The latest injunctions obtained by TfL apply to Hanger Lane, Vauxhall Bridge, Hammersmith gyratory system, Blackwall Tunnel, Tower Bridge and London Bridge.

It also covers Park Lane including Marble Arch and Hyde Park Corner, Elephant and Castle including all entrances and exits and the Victoria one-way system.

The order also prevents protesters from occupying the A501 ring road from Edgware Road to Old Street, Staples Corner, the Chiswick roundabout, the Redbridge roundabout and the Kidbrooke interchange.

A TfL spokesman said: ‘The safety of people traveling on the capital’s roads is our first priority.

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A climate activist from the Insulate Britain group is arrested and escorted away by police during a demonstration blocking a round of calls on the British government to fund the isolation of Britain's homes in central London on October 8, 2021. - Climate activist group Isolate Britain blocked roads in central London and the M25 motorway on 8 October 2021 in the latest action in their campaign to demand that the British government fund a program to isolate Britain's homes, starting with the homes of the poorest people in the country , in the midst of a looming climate crisis.  (Photo by Daniel SORABJI / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL SORABJI / AFP via Getty Images)

A protester led by police during today’s demonstration in central London (Image: AFP / Getty Images)

‘We have received an injunction this afternoon from the High Court banning protesters from participating in activities that prevent traffic at 14 locations. This will help protect London’s road network and everyone who uses it.

‘We will continue to work closely with the police and other London motorway authorities to manage the impact on the road network and will encourage people to check their journeys before traveling.’

Insulate Britain calls for all homes in the UK to be properly insulated to combat climate change.

The group said about 40 protesters were involved in blocking the intersection of the M25 and A501 motorways at the Old Street roundabout during rush hour today.

It caused long queues and emotional clashes with motorists. TfL said the order was announced later in the afternoon.

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A police officer holds the handcuffs of a climate activist from the group Insulate Britain blocking the road while police work to remove and arrest them during a demonstration calling on the British government to fund the isolation of Britain's homes in central London on 8 October 2021 - Climate activist group Insulate Britain blocked roads in central London and the M25 motorway on 8 October 2021 in the latest action in their campaign to demand that the British government fund a program to isolate Britain's homes starting with the poorest people. home in the country, in the midst of a looming climate crisis.  (Photo by Daniel SORABJI / AFP) (Photo by DANIEL SORABJI / AFP via Getty Images)

Protesters call for all UK homes to be properly insulated to help combat climate change (Image: AFP / Getty Images)

People who break injunctions can be found to be contempt of court, which means an unlimited fine or two years in prison.

But prosecutions usually take several months, which means there is no immediate impact on the protests, and previous injunctions do not appear to have deterred activists.

The first order, given to National Highways on September 21, banned the demonstrations on the M25 and was followed by an order approved on September 24, limiting protests around Dover Harbor.

A third order on October 2 banned protesters from blocking traffic and access to motorways and major A roads in and around London.

Metropolitan police said they arrested 16 people suspected of blocking the highway during today’s highway protest, in which many glued themselves to the roadway.

A total of 19 people were arrested at the demonstration in the Old Street roundabout, the force added.

Insulate Britain admitted that its actions on the M25 were ‘contrary to’ a previous injunction obtained by the government.

Spokeswoman Tracey Mallagan said: ‘If governments do not act quickly to reduce emissions, we will face a dire situation.

‘We should not worry about the lack of pasta or rolls, because law and order breaks down quite quickly when there is not enough food to go around.’

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps branded members of Insulate Britain ‘glued fools’ and said he had ‘actively applied’ for more injunctions.

He told LBC: ‘It’s dangerous, it’s really outrageous, and ironically it’s likely to increase pollution when cars idle waiting for their rubbish … to wear out of the way.

SIPA USA via PA Images Police remove and arrest an Insulate Britain activist who glued to the road during the protest at the Old Street roundabout.  Isolate UK protesters demand that the government isolate all social housing by 2025 and take responsibility for ensuring that all homes in the UK are more energy efficient by 2030 as part of broader climate change and decarbonisation targets.  (Photo by Vuk Valcic / SOPA Images / Sipa USA)

It is not certain whether the order will deter protesters, as they have already admitted to violating previous court orders (Image: PA)

Insulate Britain, Old Street protest, London, 8.10.21 (Image: Insulate Britain)

Protesters have been accused of blocking ambulances (Image: Insulate Britain)

“Existing laws need to be tightened to get these glued fools off the road, and the interior minister has said she will do so in the crime and penal code bill passed by parliament.

‘In the meantime, I have actively applied for a restraining order covering the national motorway network around London, around the South East. Now these people can go to jail for what they do.

‘I very much imagine that the courts will look very faintly at the view that they are ignoring a restraining order. It can be unlimited fines, it can be six months in prison. We have actively serviced door-to-door individuals-over 100 have been serviced.

‘I think we’ll start to see the courts have a very, very weak view and lock some of these people in, that’s unacceptable.

‘I can tell you that these injunctions may well have been violated and that people may end up in jail as a result.’

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