Group convicted following 2021 motorway disruption

Eleven members of a group which blocked a main roundabout underneath the M25, which inconvenienced a significant number of motorists, have been convicted as a result of their actions. 

The group blocked the key junction close to junction 31 of the M25, at the A282 in Thurrock, early on September 13 2021.

The disruption on that day had knock-on impacts on the M25, A13, A282 and the A20.

All were subsequently charged with causing a public nuisance.

In total, the Essex Police investigation was able to show a total estimated economic impact of at least £118,000 and about 6,500 hours lost in delays to thousands of motorists inconvenienced.

Seven of the group denied the offence but were found guilty on Friday March 7, after a three-week trial at Reading Crown Court.

They joined four other individuals who had previously admitted the offence.

The entire group is due to be sentenced at the same court on April 19.

Those now convicted after trial are:

  • Biff Whipster, 56, of Oakwood Road, Sturry, Canterbury
  • Nicholas Till, 68, of Rheidol Terrace, London, N1
  • Nicholas Onley, 61, of Richmond Road, London, N15
  • Rob Stuart, 42, Chingford Road, London, E17
  • Louise Lancaster, 58, of High Street, Barton, Cambridge
  • Janine Eagling, 63, of Tower Hamlets Road, London, E17
  • David Crawford, 70, of Falkland Road, Dorking.

Those convicted after earlier admitting the offence:

  • Tim Speers, 38, of Princes Avenue, Hull
  • Stefania Morosi, 46, of Hessel Road, London, W13
  • Donald Bell, 68, of Bliss Way, Cambridge
  • Gabriella Ditton, 30, of Silver Road, Norwich.