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Twelve people were arrested after blocking the M25 this morning (Monday, September 13).

Protesters from new group Insulate Britain hunkered down on the M25 in six different locations across the south east to make a statement on the environmental impact of insulating social housing.

One of the demonstrations happened at J31 in West Thurrock, Essex, close to the Lakeside Retail Park, during rush hour.

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Essex Police confirmed twelve people were subsequently arrested on suspicion of highways obstruction.

A spokesperson for Essex Police said: "We received a call shortly before 8.15am today (Monday 13 September) reporting a number of people were blocking the road.

"Officers attended and worked to resolve the situation quickly and safely and this included shutting the road.

The group were seen sitting in the road at a junction of the M25 (Image: Katie Day)

"Eleven people were subsequently arrested on suspicion of highways obstruction and they are currently in custody."

Later on in the morning, Essex Police confirmed on its social media pages that a twelfth person had been arrested and the road had been re-opened.

Chief Inspector Paul Austin said: "This incident caused significant disruption and our officers worked to resolve it as quickly and safely as possible.

"I want to thank the drivers affected for their patience and understanding."

Around 20 protestors were seen blocking the roundabout (Image: Katie Day)

The protestors were from a new group, Insulate Britain, which was set up by Extinction Rebellion supporters.

Insulate Britain's organisers say they are "demanding" the government lower carbon emissions and insulate homes in Britain.

The group also said today's disruption was "just the start".

In a tweet, Insulate Britain said: "We are disrupting the M25.

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"Why? We are demanding the government and Boris Johnson create hundreds of thousands of jobs, lower our emissions, and save lives."

A spokesperson added: "During rush hour today motorway traffic on the M25 was brought to a standstill by campaigners from Insulate Britain, a new group demanding that the government gets on with the job of insulating Britain's homes.

"Insulate Britain says today's disruption is just the start.

"Actions will continue until the government makes a meaningful commitment to insulate Britain's 29 million leaky homes, some of the oldest and most energy inefficient in Europe."

Insulate Britain protestors have been arrested following their action on the M25 (Image: Insulate Britain)

Since the incidents took place across the M25, Insulate Britain protestors have declared why they took part in the protests.

Many blamed the government for inaction over climate issues, focusing on Insulate Britain's plans.

As of 3pm this afternoon (Monday, September 13) Insulate Britain claim that out of the 90 protestors who took place in today's disruption, 78 have been arrested.

A spokesperson said: "Apologies to people whose day was disrupted but this is a minor inconvenience compared to what is coming down the road in the UK and currently affecting millions of people around the world."

Videos shared by Insulate Britain did show protestors standing aside so that emergency vehicles, including ambulances could make it through.

However, they immediately reinstated their blockage of the road.

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