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The Home Secretary is due to introduce tougher powers to deal with the M25 climate change activists, including unlimited fines and up to six months’ jail time. The speech will occur at the annual Conservative Party conference at 11:50 this morning. Police will also be given the power to stop and search activists for “lock-on” equipment which they use to prevent themselves from being removed.

More than 300 related arrests have been made so far to date.

Ahead of her conference speech, Ms Patel said: “The right to protest is a fundamental principle of our democracy but we will not tolerate guerrilla tactics that obstruct people going about their day-to-day business.

“That is why we will increase the maximum penalty for disrupting a motorway to an unlimited fine or up to six months in prison – or both.

“Whilst the Labour Party stand on the side of these so-called ‘activists’, the Conservative party will always back the law-abiding, hard-working majority of people in this country.”

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Who will have to submit to drugs testing?

Anyone who tests positive for drugs after arrest for “trigger” crimes such as theft, fraud or drug possession would be required to be assessed for treatment.

Those who refuse face prosecution with a maximum penalty of up to six months in jail or a £2,500 fine.

Drug crackdown to be announced today

Drug testing is to be introduced across the police force in a crackdown aimed to prevent offenders’ habit spiralling into violent crime.

Priti Patel said: “Drugs devastate lives.

“They ruin communities and they tear families apart. Testing offenders for drugs will help increase our understanding of drug-fuelled crimes, ensure addicts get the help they need, and ultimately cut crime.” 

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