Insulate Britain: Eleven arrests as protesters block road near Manchester Airport

Protesters from Insulate Britain blocking a road near to the Holiday Inn Express Motorway Airport in Manchester. Credit: PA

Eleven people have been arrested after Insulate Britain protesters blocked a road near Manchester Airport.

A line of demonstrators blocked the A538 on Wilmslow Road which caused hold ups on the nearby M56.

They were seen holding Insulate Britain banners and many of the protesters glued themselves to the road.

Police said they arrested eleven people on suspicion of causing danger to road-users

Insulate Britain say around 60 people are disrupting traffic in London, Birmingham and Manchester today (2 November) as their campaign of nonviolent civil resistance continues into an eighth week.

The group, an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, wants the government to insulate all UK homes by 2030 to cut carbon emissions.

In a statement, Insulate Britain said: "We taking our message to people outside of London because we want everyone to know that our government is killing our children.”

Credit: PA

In a statement, Greater Manchester Police said: "A total of 11 people have now been arrested."The majority of protesters had glued themselves to the road before being later removed by officers and detained on suspicion of causing danger to road-users (section 22a of Road Traffic Act)."Disruption was kept to a minimum as officers ensured routes to the nearby motorway and airport weren’t blocked, and all roads in the area have now returned to normal."We thank the public for their co-operation despite their understandable frustration."

A Manchester Airport spokesman said: “We are aware of protestors gathered on land close to Manchester Airport, which is being handled by Greater Manchester Police.

“There is no impact on our operations but those planning to travel to the airport should take account of this ahead of their journey.  

“Anyone with further enquiries should contact the police or Highways England directly.”

So far, 161 people have been involved in the roadblock campaign and there have been 770 arrests, excluding Tuesday's action.