Three protestors have been charged over an ‘Extinction Rebellion’ protest where one activist glued himself to a train whilst another two climbed on top of its roof.
The two men and one woman appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court charged with obstructing trains or carriages on the railway by an unlawful act’ contrary to Section 36 of the Malicious Damage Act 1861.
Cathy Eastburn, 51, from Lambeth in south London, Mark Ovland, 35 of Somerton in Somerset and Luke Watson, 29, of Manuden in Essex have been remanded in custody until Thursday 16th May, when they will appear before Blackfriars Crown Court.
A spokesperson for the British Transport Police said:
‘British Transport Police continues to deploy additional officers throughout the London rail network to deter and disrupt further protest activity impacting the London Underground or other lines’.
Talking about the issues being faced by officers who are policing the protests, Ken Marsh, Chairman of the Met Police Federation said:
‘This is unprecendented.
‘We are on top of it. We are dealing with it.
‘I must add if we all drew our batons and were ultra-aggressive I can imagine what the response will be. We are trying to be fair and balanced’.
Responding to some of the criticism which many people feel is being unfairly levied at the Met Police, Mr Marsh added:
“We are very good at what we do.
‘Our members are working 12, 14, 16 hour days – a few hours rest and then back again.
‘Let’s cuts them some slack.”
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