Over 100 Insulate Britain protesters have been charged with criminal offences after the group blocked roads during its campaign of resistance in 2021.
In total, 293 charges have been brought against 117 of the group’s activists, comprising of causing a public nuisance, wilful obstruction of the highway, and criminal damage.
A number of Insulate Britain members were jailed for civil offences after breaking an injunction against the group, but activists say the volume of new criminal charges was worrying.
Cameron Ford, a carpenter from Cambridge who is due to appear in court, said: “The CPS undertaking these mass prosecutions is an attempt by our government to ignore and avoid addressing the biggest dangers facing people right now.”
The harshest penalty – for public nuisance – carries a typical maximum sentence of up to five years.
The summoned protesters will appear at hearing at Crawley, Chelmsford and Stratford magistrates courts across April and May.