Climate protesters have blocked a junction in Leatherhead on the M25 on Friday morning for the third time in one week.
Insulate Britain, which is demanding government action on home insulation, stopped traffic at a section of Britain’s busiest motorway.
At 8.38am on Friday the group of 14 walked out into the road carrying banners and blocked cars from moving.
Enraged motorists got out of their cars to argue with the group.
Police were on the scene within three minutes of the group’s arrival, one of them holding a video camera. The group said they had called the police shortly before they stepped into the road.
Two protesters were arrested for criminal damage as members of the group also painted ‘IB’, for Insulate Britain, on the road in large blue letters.
By 9am the whole group had been arrested for conspiracy to cause a public nuisance and moved to the side of the road. The blue paint remained and was picked up on the wheels of some cars as they passed.
At 9.05am police began to move protesters away to vans. One protester’s backpack was searched as he lay on the floor refusing to move.
Derek Turner, 64, who was held up at the front of the line, said he had driven from Dorset for a doctor’s appointment. “It’s taken two and a half hours to get here and now I’m going to miss it,” he said.
“Look at the pollution they’re causing. I think it’s a waste of time.”