Just Stop Oil: Driver reveals he missed father’s funeral
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Tony Bambury said he will “never, ever forget” Just Stop Oil for preventing him to attend his father’s funeral due to the organisation’s actions that have disrupted traffic this week. Tony was among the hundreds of commuters brought to a standstill on Monday, as the climate activists climbed up gantries on the M25 motorway. Despite the police intervention, Tony was gridlocked on the motorway and unable to bid a final farewell to his father.
Recounting his tragic story, the caller Tony Bambury told BBC Radio Essex: “I was actually due to be a pallbearer on my father’s coffin along with my son, ad we both got that taken away from us.
“There was a sense of ‘How dare they?’ How dare they have the lack of forethought to say: ‘I’ll tell you what we’re going to do, we’re going to block these roads and be damned everybody else.
“By doing this, this civil disruption, you don’t raise people to your cause. You actually alienate yourselves on this.
“There’s nothing that we could’ve done.”
Despite the Met police’s arrest of 16 protesters on Monday followed by 20 more on Tuesday, hundreds of drivers were victims of the Just Stop Oil’s protests.
“But someone that I don’t know has taken that ability for me to say farewell to my father away from me,” Tony said.
“I actually said a few choice words, as I mentioned, on their Twitter page.
“Nothing’s come back to me saying: ‘We’re so terribly sorry for what happened’.
“And if they did, I would tell them to stick it where the sun doesn’t shine because frankly, there’s nothing these people can say to make it any better in my eyes.”
“And I will never, ever forgive these people for what they have done to me,” Tony concluded.
About 10 Just Stop Oil protesters have once more climbed up gantries above the M25 motorway for a third day in a row despite more than 36 arrests on Monday and Tuesday.
A roads policing officer was hurt after a lorry smashed into a roadblock put in place where the protest was staged earlier on Wednesday. The collision caused a partial road closure between J26 and J27, further delaying the commuter’s journey.
BJ Harrington, chief constable of Essex Police, told The Telegraph he was “devastated” that the officer was hurt on Wednesday responding to the climate activists’ latest motorway stunt.
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He put the blame on the protesters, saying “nobody’s responsible” for the officer’s injury “other than Just Stop Oil”.
The Government is working to give police more powers to tackle disruption from protest action, Downing Street has said. Reacting to the accident, Home Secretary Suella Braverman condemned the group’s “guerilla tactics” and expressed her “thoughts and best wishes” to the injured officer.
The police chief warned the consequences in the future could be even worse, as he said “it is only a matter of time before someone gets killed.
“I just want to really stress the point that Just Stop Oil are putting lives at risk,” he said. “It’s not an awful situation, it’s a criminal situation.”
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