Man guilty of ob­struc­tion

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A man has been found guilty of ob­struct­ing po­lice af­ter climb­ing on an eight-foot-high struc­ture in protest at Kirby Mis­per­ton.

Steven Peers, of Kirby Mis­per­ton Pro­tec­tion Camp, Kirby Mis­per­ton, climbed on top of a wooden and metal struc­ture on the verge of Habton Road on Mon­day 2 Oc­to­ber last year, a trial at York Mag­is­trates’ Court heard.

The struc­ture was deemed to be il­le­gal, un­safe and po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous by a lo­cal author­ity civil en­gi­neer – and Peers posed a risk to him­self, to other pro­test­ers, to the gen­eral pub­lic and to po­lice of­fi­cers.

From 9.15am, po­lice of­fi­cers asked him to come down so the struc­ture could be dis­man­tled safely, but 50-year-old Peers con­sis­tently re­fused.

The court heard Peers de­lib­er­ately stayed on the struc­ture, know­ing his ac­tions would have the ef­fect of mak­ing the po­lice’s job more dif­fi­cult.

A spe­cial­ist po­lice team and an aerial plat­form had to be called in to re­move him, and he was ar­rested and brought down at about 5pm.

Peers was found guilty of wil­fully ob­struct­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer in the ex­e­cu­tion of his duty at York Mag­is­trates’ Court on Fri­day 4 May 2018.

He was sen­tenced to a 12-month conditional dis­charge, and or­dered to pay pros­e­cu­tion costs of £100 and a vic­tim sur­charge of £20.

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