Activists from protest group Insulate Britain have blocked Junction 30 of the M25 at Thurrock in Essex.

It marks the eighth day of action by the group on Britain’s busiest motorway in the last three weeks.

Essex Police says it is working to remove Insulate Britain protesters from Junction 3 of the M25 “as quickly and safely as possible”.

The force tweeted: “We are currently on scene of disruption on the #M25 at J30 for #Thurrock.

“We were called to reports of people blocking the road and officers responded within minutes.

“We are currently working to resolve the situation as quickly and safely as possible.”

The force added: “We know this will be frustrating for people using the road but we appreciate your patience and understanding.

“We’ll bring you more information when we can.”

It offered a further update: "Nine people have been arrested on suspicion of obstruction of highway.

"We are working to get the road re-opened and traffic flowing again as soon as possible."

Insulate Britain, which is calling on the Government to insulate all UK homes by 2030 to cut carbon emissions, said in a statement: “We are raising the tempo this week as, despite the urgency of the situation, there has been no meaningful response from the Government to our demands.

“We are deeply concerned that with rising fuel bills and not enough action on insulation, there will be further unnecessary suffering and deaths among the most vulnerable this winter.

“It’s not just cold and hungry Britain, it’s billions of pounds wasted on fuel costs for everyone.

“Failing to help hardworking families, failing to stop poverty fuel deaths, failing to protect the country we love from the biggest threat it has ever faced.

“We need our Government to keep us safe. Boris, get on with the job.”

The group added that its actions “are in breach of a High Court injunction” obtained by the Government last week.

Have you got a story for us? You can contact us here.

Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to keep up with all the latest news.

Sign up to our newsletters to get updates sent straight to your inbox.