Crane protestors get conditional discharge

Campaigners turn up at Magistrates Court to support direct action crane protesters

The direct action protesters who climbed a crane on the Terminal 5 site at Heathrow were given a conditional discharge at Uxbridge Magistrates Court today. Each of the protesters were also asked to pay costs of £55.

Local campaigners against airport expansion tuned up at the court to support the protesters.

John Stewart, Chair of HACAN ClearSkies, which represents residents under the flight path, said, “An increasing number of local people now believe that direct action is the only way to make the Government listen. They feel that for years successive governments have ignored the concerns of people living under the Heathrow flight path. They were proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with the crane protesters.”

Notes for Editors

  1. All 8 protesters appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates Court at 9.30 am charged with “Aggravated Trespass”. One person pleaded not guilty. The Court will fix a date for his trial on November 3rd. The other seven protesters pleaded guilty.

On Monday 6th October the protestors climbed a crane on the site of Terminal 5. Four of them came down at the end of the day, but the remaining protestors stayed up until Saturday morning.

For further information contact John Stewart on 0207 737 6641 or 07957 385650.