Campaigners await sentencing
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