Blackwall Tunnel protest: Woman begs Insulate Britain to clear road for mum’s ambulance

A desperate daughter begged Insulate Britain protesters to clear a road block so she can visit her sick mum in hospital but her plea fell on deaf ears.

The female motorist was filmed pleading with the eco-warriors saying needed to go to the hospital as her 81-year-old mum was currently on her way there in an ambulance.

The protestors have glued themselves to the road and blocked both sides of the Blackwall Tunnel tunnel on the northbound A102 resulting in traffic chaos for rush hour drivers.

Crouching down to where they sat on the ground the woman pleaded: “We all believe on what you’re doing but I just need to get to my mum… everybody agrees with you.”

When she asked them why they were at the tunnel one of the protestors replied: “No one is doing anything.”

The woman branded them ‘selfish’ adding: “But that’s not my fault! And my mum is the one in an ambulance on the way to hospital!”

This latest Insulate Britain protest is the latest in a series that have seen them bring traffic to a standstill on the M25, the M4 and at the port of Dover.

The group, calling for all homes in the UK to be insulated by 2030, carried out ten protests in three weeks.

Boris Johnson is threatening prison sentences of up to six months and unlimited fines for protesters in the future who try to block motorways as he seeks to push through new legislation.

Mr Johnson claims he will be looking after the majority of the public with new legislation after it was reported that some people caught up in the traffic mayhem were not able to carry out vital journeys including taking people to hospital.

It is a dramatic about turn for the Prime Minister – who once said he’d lie down in front of bulldozers to stop Heathrow Airport’s third runway.

He has acted after police complained that they didn’t have sufficient powers to remove the eco-protesters.

“This Government will always stand on the side of the law-abiding majority and ensure the toughest penalties possible for criminals who deliberately bring major roads to a standstill,” he said.

“We will give the police the powers they need to stop their reckless and selfish behaviour. The right to protest is sacrosanct, but there is no right to inflict chaos and misery on people trying to go about their lives.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel is set to introduce tougher punishments for motorway protests by amending the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

Ms Patel said: “The right to protest is a fundamental principle of our democracy but we will not tolerate guerrilla tactics that obstruct people going about their day-to-day business.

“That is why we will increase the maximum penalty for disrupting a motorway to an unlimited fine or up to six months in prison – or both.”

Currently police cannot arrest protesters who break National Highways rules because they are civil and not criminal cases.

Anyone under current law who obstructs a motorway can be fined by a maximum of £1,000 but new rules could see protesters put in custody and given a criminal record.

The government has taken out a fresh injunction aimed at preventing climate activists from blocking roads.

It came as the government took out a fresh injunction aimed at preventing climate activists from blocking roads.