Van drives at Insulate Britain protesters as police officers intervene

An angry van driver who tried to drive at Insulate Britain protesters was warned by police to stop, as seen in a chaotic video from the scene.

In the clip, recorded in London near Liverpool Street on Monday (October 25) dozens of people are shouting and swearing while the activists sit in the road, blocking the street to traffic.

A man then lifts up a protesting woman under her arms and drags her out of the way of the road, making her shoe fall off, which is then deliberately kicked down the street by a dog walker.

She is immediately replaced by a male activist and the van driver then appears to start his vehicle and slowly bump into the protester, prompting a police officer to run over.

It's not clear what the cop says but he gestures at the motorist to stop.

The Metropolitan Police said: "A total of 52 people have been arrested following a number of protests across London and the City of London this morning.

"We responded alongside @CityPolice to events on Bishopsgate, Upper Thames Street, Limehouse, and on Southwark Bridge.

"Those arrested are en route to custody."

Recent footage from the Insulate Britain protest shows a tearful woman begging activists to let her get to her elderly mum who was being taken to hospital in an ambulance.

And an angry mum in a Land Rover threatened to "drive through" protesters because she wanted to take her son to school.

Insulate Britain, an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, says its aim is for the government to insulate all social housing by 2025 to help cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and stop tenants from having to live in "damp and mouldy" homes.

Prince Charles said Insulate Britain protesters were "alienating people" which was "unhelpful" to the climate change cause.

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