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Updated statement - protest activity

17 Sep 2021

Assistant Chief Constable Genna Telfer, of Hertfordshire Constabulary, said: “We received a report at 10.36am today of protestors lying in the road at Junction 5 of the M1 (Watford). Officers arrived on scene at 10.47am and immediately worked to clear the motorway to ensure the safety of all road users.

“The road was cleared by 11.05am and after a short disruption, traffic in the area has been returning to normal. We would like to thank motorists for their patience while officers dealt with the matter.

“Some 11 people were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause a public nuisance. We are also investigating suspected criminal damage to the road where attempts have been made to write on it with paint.

“We are working with our partners and neighbouring police forces around the whole of the M25 to ensure that the police response is co-ordinated to these recent protests which have been spontaneous in nature.

“While we are unable to predict where or when they will take place, please be reassured that we will attend and remove individuals as quickly as possible. Safety of all road users is paramount.”

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