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Today climate change activists from Insulate Britain will appear at the High Court in London and could face jail for alleged breaches of injunctions handed out to prevent disruptive protests.

A Freedom of Information request by the Local Democracy Reporting Service found the seven protests in the county cost Hertfordshire Police £58,775.22.

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Insulate Britain has staged protests across major roads in the South-East

Four protests took place in Hertfordshire during the first 10 days of action between 13 and 23 September, before the government injunction limited activity for a number of weeks.

The force said it was unable to provide a breakdown of how many officers have had to be deployed to each protest.

At least 76 arrests have been made in connection with the Hertfordshire protests.

Supt Nick Caveney said: “In order to minimise the disruption caused, we have had to dedicate resources to spotting protestors and removing them quickly; diverting valuable police resources away from our core role of preventing crime, catching criminals, and protecting the public.”

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