Cam­paign­ers await sen­tenc­ing

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

FOUR Sip­son res­i­dents who staged a protest on Heathrow’s north run­way were pre­par­ing to be jailed as the Gazette went to press yes­ter­day.

They are among 13 mem­bers of the anti-air­port ex­pan­sion group Plane Stupid who were con­victed of ag­gra­vated tres­pass and en­ter­ing a se­cu­rity-re­stricted area of an aero­drome.

They will be sen­tenced at Willes­den Mag­is­trates’ Court to­day (Wed­nes­day 24).

Cameron Kaye, 24, Ali Tam­lit, 27, Ed Thacker, 26, and Sam Sender ,23, are all from Ken­wood Close, Sip­son.

Mr Kaye said: “Heathrow and the govern­ment keep prov­ing to us that they aren’t tak­ing cli­mate change se­ri­ously. We want a world with­out the im­pacts of cat­a­strophic cli­mate change for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

“If this gen­er­a­tion of politi­cians and de­ci­sion mak­ers won’t take the steps needed to com­bat CO2 emis­sions then it falls to or­di­nary peo­ple like us to take ac­tion to pro­tect the planet, our­selves and oth­ers around the world.”

Mr Tam­lit, who has a masters de­gree in In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment and moved to Sip­son in 2013, said he took part in protest to show “sol­i­dar­ity” with com­mu­ni­ties around the world, and Mr Thacker, a teach­ing as­sis­tant claimed political lead­ers had be­trayed their prom­ises over Heathrow.

Mr Sender, a gar­dener, said: “Some school teach­ers dread sum­mer. They choose be­tween open win­dows with plane noise ev­ery 90 sec­onds or closed win­dows in the hottest year on record. Fif­teen of the 16 warm­est years on record have oc­curred since 2001. We don’t want that choice any more for west Lon­don schools.”

A press con­fer­ence in sup­port of the 13 was held in Com­mit­tee Room 15 in the Houses of Par­lia­ment on Tues­day and John McDonnell, the shadow Chan­cel­lor and Hayes & Har­ling­ton MP, as well as Green Party MP Caro­line Lu­cas were ex­pected at a rally out­side the court this morn­ing.

n PROTEST: 13 Plane Stupid pro­test­ers ar­rive for their trial

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