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Insulate Britain protesters have blocked a major road near Manchester Airport as part of a series of demonstrations across the country.

About a dozen people joined the protest on Wilmslow Road (A538) near the M56.

Greater Manchester Police said officers were “working to minimise disruption” but said despite delays “traffic was still moving”.

The protest group also targeted the M25 near London, where there have been arrests, and the A4400 in Birmingham.

Insulate Britain said about 60 demonstrators had descended on junction 23 of the M25 in Hertfordshire, the A538 Manchester and Birmingham city centre.

The London and Manchester roads are part of the strategic road network and covered by a super injunction granted to National Highways last week.

Image caption,Police started to move protesters from the road in Manchester

About a dozen protesters have blocked Wilmslow Road near Manchester Airport, including seven who glued their hands to the road.

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GMP said delays were still likely in the area but said officers had “ensured access” to the M56 and Manchester Airport.

“Officers are there to minimise disruption and bring the incident to a swift and orderly conclusion,” a spokesman added.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham tweeted: “I can’t see how this type of protest does anything other than alienate people from the climate cause.”

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At the scene

By BBC North of England Bureau senior journalist Michaela Howard

Image caption,Police initially advised people to avoid the area near the M56

Eleven Insulate Britain protesters walked on to the road at around 08:30, sitting down in front of cars as the traffic lights were red, pulling out their banners.

Sitting in a line, seven of the protesters glued their hands to the road with the others sat on the ground.

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There were a handful of police officers initially on scene but numbers have increased to around two dozen.

There hasn’t been a great deal of traffic disruption and there has been a mixed response from passing motorists, some hooting their horns in support but many shouting at the protesters.

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About 20 demonstrators also arrived at the M25 at about 08:00 GMT but were stopped by police from getting into the road.

Six sat on the pavement with a banner and some glued themselves to the ground.

By 10:00, police said all protesters had been removed and the road was being reopened.

Image caption,Protesters were cleared from the road in Birmingham city centre

Protesters also disrupted morning traffic by sitting in the road around Great Charles Middleway in Birmingham city centre.

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Highways group West Midlands Roads said the sit-down demonstration caused delays at the Aston Expressway but the roads were cleared by about 10:30.

Insulate Britain activists have blocked roads on 18 days since 13 September, a move that has seen drivers stuck in long queues of traffic.

Before Tuesday’s action, 161 people had been involved in the roadblock campaign, with 770 arrests.

Image caption,Hertfordshire Police were called to the A1081 St Albans Road at the junction of the M25 and A1(M)

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