Hertfordshire Police have responded after journalists were arrested as they attempted to cover disruption on the M25.

Just Stop Oil campaigners have been climbing gantries every day this week, which has been followed by numerous arrests.

Among those detained have been some journalists, who have hit out at their treatment by police.


Charlotte Lynch, of LBC, claimed to have spent five hours in a police cell after being arrested on conspiracy to commit a public nuisance. She said this was despite showing officers a press card beforehand.

The Comet: Traffic at Junction 21A this morning (Wednesday, November 9).Traffic at Junction 21A this morning (Wednesday, November 9). (Image: National Highways)

A photographer and film maker also claimed to have been held for 13 hours.

A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Police said: "Chief Constable Charlie Hall recognises the concerns over the recent arrests of journalists who arrived at these locations, and have been present with the protestors at the scenes.  

The Comet: Police stopping traffic ahead of the protests.Police stopping traffic ahead of the protests. (Image: PA)

"Additional measures are now in place to ensure that legitimate media are able to do their job.

"In addition, Mr Hall is today requesting an independent force to examine our approach to these arrests and to identify any learning we should take in managing these challenging situations."