Climate Change Protestors Spared Jail

21 climate change activists who occupied and shut down the West Burton power station for a week and had been threatened with jail sentences and ASBOs were spared both yesterday. The protestors from the group 'No Dash for Gas' were protesting about the Government's plan to build new gas-fired power stations and their impact on climate change. They entered the power plant at night and climbed up one of the 662ft chimneys where they remained for a week with limited shelter and provisions. At an earlier hearing the District Judge at Nottingham Magistrates' Court had warned the 21 that they faced jail terms. Yesterday, David Rhodes and Ben Newton, together with instructing solicitor Mike Schwarz of Bindmans LLP, representing all 21, persuaded the judge that prison was not called for in cases of civil disobedience on conscientious grounds and that these defendants had acted from the highest possible motives. The judge also rejected applications for ASBOs as unnecessary and disproportionate.

 

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