The Metropolitan Police Federation chief said officers had been forced to take “dangerous” and “absurd” risks after Insulate Britain protestors repeatedly blocked major roads between September and November, causing long traffic jams. The climate protesters often glued their hands onto busy motorways or each other to make it harder for police to remove them. Mr Marsh told LBC the cost to the taxpayer of policing the demonstrations was “ridiculous”.
Mr Marsh told LBC: “Well, I don’t know how anyone can see value for money in terms of what my colleagues have had to do.
“We obviously police without fear or favour and we do or my colleagues do what they’re told to do is lawful.
“What they had to do was absurd, it was dangerous.
“It was at times putting their lives at risk is just beyond belief.”
LBC host Matthew Wright added: “I’ve actually seen it said again that some officers said they thought it was the most dangerous thing they’d ever done in their careers.”
Mr Marsh replied: “Absolutely, you know, it’s not rocket science, Matt.
“You have a 70 mile per hour car and a human being, you know, who’s gonna win, and this is what we had to face on a regular basis.
“If these people want to behave in that way, well I could explain other ways for them to do it so don’t put my colleagues at risk.”
The Metropolitan Police said it spent £4 million dealing with the climate group’s stunts between September 13 and November 20.
Some 6,651 of the force’s officers and staff were involved, at a cost of £3.1 million.
A further £600,000 was spent on deploying vehicles, while the overtime cost was £300,000.
Insulate Britain, an offshoot of Extinction Rebellion, wants the Government to insulate all UK homes by 2030 to cut carbon emissions.