“Heathrow 13” protesters avoid jail


“Heathrow 13” climate change protesters avoid jail

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Supporters of the 13 convicted protesters were outside court in north London

Thirteen climate change protesters whose demonstration at Heathrow caused 25 flights to be cancelled have been handed six-week suspended sentences.

The activists have been banned from Heathrow and will do 120 to 180 hours unpaid community work.

The barrister representing four of the activists earlier said the group had acted on “deeply-held beliefs”.

They were found guilty last month of aggravated trespass and entering a security-restricted area.

During the trial the court heard the protesters” actions caused “astronomical” costs and disruption.

The demonstration took place last July, when the defendants from the direct action group Plane Stupid cut through a fence at Heathrow Airport and chained themselves together on a runway.

They were told when they were found guilty they could expect to receive jail sentences.