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Just Stop Oil: Police officer injured as lorries crash during M25 blockade – follow protests live

An officer has been injured after two lorries crashed with a police motorbike on the M25 because Just Stop Oil protests were taking place.

Two people have also been arrested for causing a public nuisance as the climate group started their third day of action on the busy motorway.

Essex Police said the “serious” incident, which happened on Wednesday morning, has led to road closures between J26 and J27 clockwise.

The force has confirmed that the collision and subsequent injury to a police officer was the result of activists who have been demonstrating in the area.

Essex Police told The Telegraph: “One person has been arrested as officers responded quickly to reports of people trying to gain access to gantries over the M25.

“Initially officers intervened to deal with a protester on the motorway between Junction 26 and 27. Due to this a rolling road block was put in place.

“Subsequently, there was a collision involving two lorries and a police motorbike.

“Thankfully the motorbike rider has not been seriously injured.”

A Just Stop Oil spokesperson said the collision this morning was “an awful situation” but doubled down on their cause, adding: “In normal circumstances this would be unacceptable”. 

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