Caroline Lucas will today receive a verdict in her trial for her part in the anti-fracking protests at Balcombe last summer.
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.
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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