PIERS Morgan has sparked controversy after encouraging road users to “drive over” climate protesters.

The Newick-born TV presenter took to Twitter to share his views about Insulate Britain protesters blocking access to the Port of Dover.

The climate-change activists blocked the port on Friday after a series of controversial protests on the M25 motorway.

The offshoot of Extinction Rebellion has caused traffic chaos in the past fortnight.

Alongside a video of protesters blocking access to the ferry terminal, Piers said: “Just drive over them.

“Fewer people is good for the planet anyway. Win-win.”

The tweet split opinions among his eight million followers.

One follower said: “Killing people exercising their right to protest? Sounds awful.”

Another wrote: “Shameful thing to say. You may not like what they are doing but there is a very real issue that they are bringing to the fore.”

While some criticised the former Good Morning Britain host for his comments, others backed his statement.

“Finally, I can agree with you,” one person said.

Another added: “Ahhh, it feels good to agree with Piers again. Best thing you’ve ever said.”

The Argus: Protesters from Insulate Britain block access to the Port of DoverProtesters from Insulate Britain block access to the Port of Dover

More than 40 people blocked the A20 at the Eastern Docks roundabout, resulting in a number of vehicles planning to cross the channel being stuck in queues.

The group are attempting to raise awareness for their campaign for the government to insulate homes across the UK.

In a statement about their latest protest, the group said: "We are blocking Dover this morning to highlight that fuel poverty is killing people in Dover and across the UK.

"We need a Churchillian response: we must tell the truth about the urgent horror of the climate emergency.

"Change at the necessary speed and scale requires economic disruption.”