‘Our protest was only the be­gin­ning’

Third run­way cam­paigner speaks out

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger

ONE of the 12 peo­ple who were sen­tenced for block­ing the M4 dur­ing a Heathrow protest has spo­ken out against the ex­pan­sion of the air­port.

Henry Owen, from Ox­ford, was one of the 12 pro­test­ers who pleaded guilty to ob­struct­ing a pub­lic high­way dur­ing an anti-third run­way protest near the air­port on Novem­ber 19.

Owen and 11 oth­ers ap­peared at Eal­ing Mag­is­trates’ Court on Thurs­day De­cem­ber 22 where they were sen­tenced to pay court costs of £85, plus an ad­di­tional charge of £20 and each re­ceived a 12 month con­di­tional dis­charge.

Speak­ing af­ter the court hear­ing, Owen, 24, said: “The judge recog­nised that we were com­pelled to act by the ur­gency to tackle cli­mate change and sen­tenced ac­cord­ingly.

“How­ever, that we were in court at all fails to ac­knowl­edge that ex­pand­ing Heathrow is a dis­as­trous pol­icy which­ever way you look at it.

“It would mean more air pol­lu­tion, more cli­mate chang­ing emis­sions and the bull­doz­ing of hun­dreds of peo­ple’s homes.

“Our protest is only the be­gin­ning of waves of ac­tion that will, in time, bring the plans to ex­pand Heathrow to a halt.”

The other pro­test­ers who pleaded guilty are:

24-year-old Madeleine Al­lis-Petersen of Eal­ing, Lon­don.

44-year-old Bramwell of Glouces­ter­shire.

Ian Bray, 49 of Kirklees, West York­shire.

53-year-old Gra­ham Lewis of Wells, Som­er­set.

Thomas Har­ford, 26, from Bris­tol, Avon.

Sibi Moore, 21 from Sid­mouth, Devon.

25-year-old An­toine Thal­mann of Ox­ford.

28-year-old Joanne Louise Bodimeade, of Lam­beth, Lon­don.

Tess Lot­ter, 30 Cam­den, Lon­don.

Alexis De­lage, 25 of Lewisham, Lon­don. Si­mon Stroud, of

29-year-old Tom Ven­ner-Wood­cock, 29, of Southark, Lon­don

Three other peo­ple have pleaded not guilty to the charge of ob­struct­ing the road – Is­abelle An­der­son, 30, from Strat­ford in Lon­don, 28-year-old Sophia Lysaczanko of Haringey in Lon­don, and 67-year-old Mar­garet Charn­ley.

The trio are set to ap­pear at Uxbridge Mag­is­trates’ Court on Fe­bru­ary 6 and 7 next year.

Photo: Jack Tay­lor/getty im­ages

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