Insulate Britain protesters glue themselves to court furniture

Insulate Britain protesters glue themselves to court furniture as they appear charged over M25 chaos – as Just Stop Oil activists are arrested after breaching injunction by demonstrating outside of oil terminal

  • Diana Warner glued her hand to dock window before mayhem ensued at Stratford Magistrates’ Court today
  • Fellow activist Liam Norton then had to be tackled by security staff as the court hearing descended into farce 
  • 16 Just Stop Oil protesters were demonstrating outside Kingsbury oil terminal in Warwickshire this morning
  • They had breached injunction with placards saying ‘dangerous radicals’ and ‘if only they listened to petitions’
  • Group say police approached to warn they will be arrested at what is Britain’s largest inland oil storage depot
  • Just Stop Oil has been blocking oil terminals since April 1 and says nearly 1,000 arrests have now been made

Insulate Britain protesters today glued themselves to court furniture as they appeared before magistrates charged over chaos on the M25.

Activists had to be tackled by security staff at a court in Stratford before police arrived and cleared people out of the room as a hearing descended into farce. 

Diana Warner, 63, appeared charged with causing a public nuisance at the Poyle Interchange at junction 14 of the M25 near Heathrow Airport on September 27.

However, before the hearing could begin she glued her hand to the window of the dock. ‘I have glued my hand,’ she told the court.

Liam Norton, 36, who had entered the court to support her, then walked up to the witness box while filming with his phone.

He was rushed and tackled by court staff as he approached the box. Warner then pulled her mobile phone out in the dock and began to film herself.

Ana Heyatawin, 58, also pulled her phone out and began to film the proceedings. She then glued her hand to a bench inside the court. Police officers then arrived, clearing the press from the court.

The mayhem came as a further group of Just Stop Oil protesters were arrested today after breaching an injunction by standing in front of an oil terminal holding placards saying ‘dangerous radicals’ and ‘if only they listened to petitions’.

The 16 activists outside Kingsbury oil terminal in Warwickshire said police approached them to say they would be arrested for breaching an injunction which stops them demonstrating at Britain’s largest inland oil storage depot.

The group of protesters held white signs saying ‘investing in new fossil fuels is moral and economic madness’; ‘oil is stealing my future’; ‘don’t stop us – stop oil’; ‘we are breaking the injunction’; and ‘dangerous criminals’.

Valero Energy, the Texas-based company which owns the Kingsbury oil terminal, secured a first injunction on April 11 which stops anyone from damaging the land at its sites or ‘affixing themselves to any other person or object’.

Three days later on April 14, a second injunction was granted in the High Court for North Warwickshire Borough Council, Warwickshire County Council and Warwickshire Police, which gives the authorities more powers of arrest.

Just Stop Oil, which is linked to the wider Extinction Rebellion group, said any arrested protesters are likely to face a charge of contempt of court – and could then face an unlimited fine or up two years in prison if found guilty. 

Warwickshire Police confirmed the protesters arrived at 7.30am and confirmed later in the day that all 16 had been arrested.

The group included a 35-year-old man from Barnsley, a 74-year-old man from Telford, a 50-year-old woman from Oxfordshire, a 40-year-old woman from London, a 54-year-old woman from Birmingham, a 49-year-old woman from Manchester, a 70-year-old woman from East Barnet, a 75-year-old woman from Leicester, a 55-year-old man from Manchester, a 72-year-old woman from Cumbria, a 23-year-old woman from Leeds, a 41-year-old woman from Cumbria, a 37-year-old woman from London, a 52-year-old woman from Scarborough and a 51-year-old woman from Basingstoke.

These Just Stop Oil protesters demonstrating outside Kingsbury oil terminal in Warwickshire today are set to be arrested 

The activists outside Kingsbury today said police approached them to say they would be arrested for breaching the injunction

The protesters are today breaching an injunction granted to Valero Energy, the Texas-based company which owns Kingsbury

Police at Kingsbury oil terminal in Warwickshire today as the protests by Just Stop Oil activists continue

Assistant Chief Constable Dave Gardner said: ‘The High Court injunction remains in place and I would strongly advise against people coming to Kingsbury to conduct any protest activity.

‘Although the force respects the right to the peaceful protest, we will always take action against anyone found to be acting outside of the law.

‘If you are believed to be in breach of the order, officers will arrest you and you will be taken into police custody until you have to appear before the courts.

‘A number of arrests have been made this morning and our priority continues to be to minimise any disruption to the community and the local road networks, while ensuring the terminal can go about its day-to-day operational activity.

‘A heightened police presence will remain in the area as we deal with the protesters and continue to protect the public from harm.

‘I would like to thank the local community for their continued patience. It remains a challenging time but we are working in conjunction with our partners to minimise any disruption.’

One former NHS doctor at today’s protest said: ‘I’m not a criminal, I’ve worked 32 years in the NHS as a doctor. But I’m risking arrest and imprisonment simply by standing here today breaking an injunction against protesting about new fossil fuels. It’s not a big ask that our Government, one of their climate pledges, stop new UK oil.’

Another protester added: ‘I’m here because we are receiving warnings like ‘it’s now or never’, ‘code red for humanity’, ‘direct existential threat’, things like that – and we are extremely concerned that we are expanding production of fossil fuels. So we’re here to demand that we stop doing that, it’s very simple.’

The organisation has been blocking oil terminals and tankers across England including in Birmingham, Essex and Hampshire since April 1 and said nearly 1,000 arrests have now been made over the past month. It said disruption would continue ‘until the Government makes a statement that it will end new oil and gas projects in the UK’.

Just Stop Oil protester Amy Pritchard, 37, a care worker from London, said prior to the demonstration at Kingsbury today: ‘If my imprisonment helps wake people up to the seriousness of the situation, it’s worth it. 

‘The UN Secretary-General clearly states ‘fossil fuels are a dead end’ and ‘delay means death’. No new oil and gas is not a controversial demand. I want to have children and I want them to have a future.’

Police at Kingsbury oil terminal in Warwickshire today as the protests by Just Stop Oil activists continue

One of the Just Stop Oil demonstrators stands outside Kingsbury oil terminal in Warwickshire this morning

Just Stop Oil said any arrested protesters outside the Kingsbury oil terminal are likely to face a charge of contempt of court

These Just Stop Oil protesters demonstrating outside Kingsbury oil terminal in Warwickshire today are set to be arrested

She was quoting a statement by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in February in which he said ‘fossil fuels are a dead end – for our planet, for humanity, and yes, for economies’.

Sarah Webb, 51, a special educational needs tutor from Oxfordshire, was also involved in the demonstration today.

Speaking prior to the action, she said: ‘I’m injunction breaking at Kingsbury and risking two years in prison, to stand peacefully on a grass verge, not blocking anything. 

‘Our Government and judicial system have now effectively outlawed peaceful protest. Is this Russia, is this China? No, it’s the UK.

‘It’s down to us ordinary people now. Can you trust the government to do what is right and end new fossil fuel licences? Can you trust the fossil fuel companies to stop drilling and start building wind turbines? No, me neither. So we all need to stand up and force the government to take action.’

Police at Kingsbury oil terminal in Warwickshire today as the protests by Just Stop Oil activists continue

Just Stop Oil said any arrested protesters outside the Kingsbury oil terminal are likely to face a charge of contempt of court

The group of protesters held white signs today saying ‘investing in new fossil fuels is moral and economic madness’

Police at Kingsbury oil terminal in Warwickshire today as the protests by Just Stop Oil activists continue

The demonstration in Warwickshire today comes after nearly 1,000 arrests have already been made over the past month

Warwickshire Police’s Assistant Chief Constable Dave Gardner said: ‘The High Court injunction remains in place and I would strongly advise against people coming to Kingsbury to conduct any protest activity.

‘Although the force respects the right to the peaceful protest, we will always take action against anyone found to be acting outside of the law.

‘If you are believed to be in breach of the order, officers will arrest you and you will be taken into police custody until you have to appear before the courts.

‘A number of arrests have been made this morning and our priority continues to be to minimise any disruption to the community and the local road networks, while ensuring the terminal can go about its day-to-day operational activity.

‘A heightened police presence will remain in the area as we deal with the protesters and continue to protect the public from harm.

‘I would like to thank the local community for their continued patience. It remains a challenging time but we are working in conjunction with our partners to minimise any disruption.’

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