Posted by: vickim57 | 28 September 2009

Five in court this Tuesday – their ‘crime’, supporting workers defending green jobs

A number of people have been arrested during the Vestas campaign, not all of them even known to us. Their ‘crime’, supporting workers defending green jobs. Five we do know about will be in court this Tuesday 29th September.

James has been charged for activities connected with maintaining the ‘Blade Blockade’ at the Vestas plant, Newport, Isle of Wight. He will appear at Newport magistrates court, 1 Quay Street, Newport, PO30 5YT.

Jackie, Anna, Luke and Misty have been charged for activities connected with the cranes protest in Southampton docks on Tuesday 15 September. They will appear at Southampton magistrates court, 100 The Avenue, Southampton, SO17 1EY.

We are asking friends and supporters, if they can, to go along to the courts at 9.30am to wish the ‘Vestas 5’ well, or, if you can stay longer, to keep them company while they wait to be called.

United we stand, divided we fall. Please show support for those who have done so much to support the Vestas workers. Send good wishes to savevestas@gmail.com.


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  1. The charges are (I think!) all ‘aggravated trespass’. Ask a policewo/man what that means:
    https://www.askthe.police.uk/content/Q330.htm:

    Under the Human Rights Act everybody has a freedom of expression and a freedom of thought and assembly. This means that everybody has a right to a peaceful protest and no restrictions shall be placed on this unless it is in the interests of national security, public safety or for the prevention of disorder or crime.

    There are however some offences that are commonly linked to protesting and these are: –

    •Aggravated trespass

    This offence is committed if a protestor or group of protestors trespass on land and disrupts a lawful activity, intimidates a person engaged in lawful activity or tries to deter them from carrying out that lawful activity.

    For example a group of protestors trespass on land where genetically modified crops are being grown, whilst the farmer is on the land then they commit the offence of aggravated trespass.

    Maximum penalty is 3 months imprisonment or £2,500 fine (according to http://www.urban75.org/legal/cja.html)


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