- Analysis reveals that JSO protests have cost the UK taxpayer around £40m
- Ex-Met detective Peter Bleksley says the money needs to be spent on knife crime
Selfish stunts by Just Stop Oil activists have already cost the taxpayer an estimated £40million, new analysis today reveals.
Analysis now shows how much the group has estimated to have cost the hard-up taxpayer since they formed in February last year.
Policing JSO’s stunts and marches has cost at least £20million alone, including around £15 million for The Metropolitan Police alone as part of that in the last two years.
That includes patrolling the streets during protests and making arrests and dealing with activists once they are in custody.
Police officers arrest a Just Stop Oil activist near Earl’s Court on Wednesday after they brought London to a standstill as part of 30 days of slow marches in the capital
Just Stop Oil activists slow march in Parliament Square on Monday at the stat of their latest round of protests against fossil fuels
DARTFORD CROSSING: Activists from Just Stop Oil unfurl a banner over the deserted Queen Elizabeth II Bridge above The River Thames at Dartford on October 17 last year
The huge Dartford crossing stunt a year ago, which crippled one of Britain’s busiest transport links when two scaled it, closing it for nearly two days, cost £5million.
This was worked out by lost revenue in the £2.50 daily cost for cars and £3 for trucks. With 180,000 using it everyday, and the massive knock on impact on cancelled trade, business and journeys taken in as well.
It is thought costly security reviews by Highways England would also have been launched as part of the £5million to make sure it did not happen again.
More than 2,500 have been arrested while taking part in action and dozens have been jailed and many more taken to court.
It is estimated this has cost £10 million when court time, prison officer time, judges, lawyers and court staff time is taken into account.
Plus some will have been granted legal aid.
Many activists also have trials coming up as far away as 2025, lengthening the ongoing process further.
This is part of their plan to bring the court system ‘to its knees’.
The Dartford Crossing stunt is thought to have cost in the realms of around £5million
Traffic builds up at the northbound entry to Dartford Tunnel as Just Stop Oil activists occupy a gantry at junction 31 of the M25 on November 8 last year
Former Met detective Peter Bleksley said: ‘It is a staggering sum of money that could have been put into tackling Britain’s knife crime crisis or really helping vulnerable people out and protecting them.
‘Instead it is being spent policing these selfish individuals.
‘Tough action is needed to get a grip on this crisis.’
Just Stop Oil have vowed to start committing Contempt of Court when their cases are heard by judges, with the hope of getting jailed.
This is to heap further pressure on the already close-to-breaking court system.
Just Stop Oil demonstrators stage a protest on Waterloo Bridge on April 26 this year
‘We’re going to cause mayhem’: JSO block traffic and demand an end to climate injustice as they protest on Waterloo Bridge on April 26
A JSO source said: ‘The next four months are the most exciting in our history. We’re going to cause mayhem.
‘We’re very excited at what is to come.’
Tory MP Nigel Mills said: ‘The message needs to hit home that these pathetic stunts need to stop.
‘They are gaining absolutely no sympathy from the public. The more action they take the more opposition they are receiving.’