Caroline Lucas fracking protest verdict due today

Posted On 17 Apr 2014 at 8:32 am
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Caroline Lucas will today receive a verdict in her trial for her part in the anti-fracking protests at Balcombe last summer.

UPDATE: Caroline Lucas found not guilty – click here for more.
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The Brighton Pavilion MP and four co-defendants were arrested on Monday 19 August after linking arms outside the Cuadrilla exploratory oil drilling site.

She was charged with wilful obstruction of a public highway and breaching an order under section 14 of the Public Order Act.

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District Judge Tim Pattinson is due to return verdicts on all five defendants this afternoon.

During her trial, she told the court: “I’m haunted by the idea that my children and my children’s children will turn round to me and say ‘What did you do about this overwhelming threat?’

“And I want to do all I can do peacefully to address that before it’s too late.”

Josef Dobraszczyk, 22, from Bristol; Ruth Jarman, 50, from Hook, Hampshire; Sheila Menon, 42, from north east London; and Ruth Potts, 39, from Totnes, Devon, also deny both charges.

Picture by Geoffrey Bowden.

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