Essex police officer injured as Just Stop Oil protests continue on M25

Credit: Essex Police

A police officer has been injured after being struck on the M25 as Just Stop Oil protests continue

The officer, who was riding a police motorcycle, was involved in a rolling roadblock after reports of a person being on the road.

During the roadblock, between junctions 26 for Loughton and 27 for the M11, there was a collision between two lorries and the officer. 

Essex Police said the officer had not been seriously injured. 

One person has been arrested on suspicion of causing a public nuisance. 

The scene where a police motorcycle rider was injured as officers responded to a Just Stop Oil protest on the M25. Credit: Essex Police

It is the latest in days of protests by the activist group Just Stop Oil. 

The campaign group said it has targeted five locations on Britain's busiest motorway, bringing traffic to a standstill.

Essex Police also responded to someone climbing a gantry at junction 30, near Lakeside. 

A specialist officer, trained to work at heights, climbed the gantry to bring the person down. 

Essex Police released this photograph of the scene where the police officer was injured. Credit: Essex Police

Chief Superintendent Simon Anslow said: “Officers have again responded quickly to minimise disruption and two people have already been arrested.

“Sadly, this morning one of our fantastic officers has been injured while carrying out this work.

“My thoughts are with them and their family.”

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