Insulate Britain: Fighting breaks out as furious drivers drag protesters from the road

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Watch: Drivers attempt to drag Insulate Britain protesters out of road

Fighting broke out at Insulate Britain's latest stunt as protesters were dragged from the road by furious drivers.

In one video, a lorry driver cold be seen inching his HGV towards environmental campaigners who were sat on the tarmac in front of him. 

A number of motorists got out of their vehicles to manhandle the demonstrators, pulling them away from the slip road off junction 31 of the M25 near the Dartford Crossing in Thurrock, Essex. 

A group of around six people dragged protesters away, allowing a handful of vehicles to pass through the human barricade. 

An Insulate Britain protester is dragged from the road by a driver - LBC
An Insulate Britain protester is dragged from the road by a driver - LBC

With no police present to mediate, fights broke out and witnesses described seeing kicking and punches being thrown. 

Just before 9am, Essex Police said officers were at the scene. 

A spokesman said: "We're on scene and have made arrests following reports of people blocking the slip road of the M25 at J31 in Thurrock.

"We were called at 8.26am and officers were on scene within five minutes. We're trying to resolve the situation as quickly and safely as possible."

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