Tri­dent protest trial due

Jumped in front of con­voy

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE - Court re­porter

A vet­eran an­tiTri­dent ac­tivist who jumped un­der a lorry car­ry­ing nu­clear weapons through Stir­ling is to ap­pear at court next month.

Pen­sioner Brian Quail (78) spoke to the Ob­server shortly af­ter he lay down in front of a 20-ve­hi­cle con­voy, thought to be tak­ing weapons to Faslane, in Septem­ber.

The in­ci­dent, which also saw a 21-year-old stu­dent get in­volved in the protest, hap­pened on the A84 at the junc­tion of Back O’ Hill Road and Mil­len­nium Way, Raploch.

Both men said they were mem­bers of the Cam­paign for Nu­clear Dis­ar­ma­ment.

Af­ter­wards Quail said: “We were both ar­rested and taken to Falkirk but the po­lice were ex­em­plary in the way they dealt with it. They were highly pro­fes­sional.”

The re­tired teacher was last week cleared of breach­ing the peace in re­la­tion to a sim­i­lar protest in Bal­loch in March of last year.

On that oc­ca­sion he lay on the A811 at a pel­i­can cross­ing next to the na­tional park head­quar­ters and stopped a line of po­lice ve­hi­cles and trucks that were be­lieved to be car­ry­ing nu­clear weapons.

John Ainslie, co­or­di­na­tor of Scot­tish CND, filmed the hold-up and claimed the con­voy was made up of “four trucks car­ry­ing ei­ther one or two nu­clear bombs in each”.

Quail, who pleaded not guilty, de­fended him­self at Dum­bar­ton Jus­tice of the Peace Court and gave a 40-minute speech in­sist­ing he was “up­hold­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian law”.

Jus­tice of the Peace An­drew Nicholson said: “I have taken ad­vice from my le­gal ad­vi­sor as to what con­sti­tutes a breach of the peace.

“It needs to be se­vere enough to cause fear or alarm to or­di­nary peo­ple, not mere ir­ri­ta­tion. My de­ci­sion is based 100 per cent on the law of Scot­land and noth­ing else.

“Hav­ing re­viewed the ev­i­dence pre­sented in court, I find you not guilty.”

Af­ter the trial Quail pledged to con­tinue cam­paign­ing but said: “I am re­lieved but con­cerned that courts still refuse to ad­dress the mon­strous il­le­gal­ity of weapons of mass de­struc­tion be­ing trun­dled along our roads.”

Quail’s trial at Stir­ling Sher­iff Court is set to be­gin on Mon­day, March 13.

Vic­tory Brian Quail out­side Dum­baton Sher­iff Court

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