7th April 2014
A district judge at Brighton Magistrates Court has acquitted eight campaigners, arrested at the Balcombe anti-fracking protests, for failing to comply with a condition imposed by police under Section 14 of the Public Order Act.
The case involved Katie Brown, 34, Luke Evans, 34, and James Jones, 19, all from Liverpool, Camille Herreman, 26, and Matthew Whitney, 30, both of Nottingham, Barry Slipper, 47, of Hythe, Kim Turner, 57, of Brighton, and Chris Seal, 30, of London. It had been alleged that they failed to move to a designated protest area on August 19th last year.
Miss Brown, Miss Turner, Miss Herreman, Mr Evans and Phillip Cawkwell, 52, of Ascot, were also found not guilty of obstructing the highway on the same day. Mr Jones, Mr Whitney, Mr Slipper and Mr Seal were found guilty of obstructing the highway.
Mr Jones and Mr Whitney were given conditional discharges of 12 months, and ordered to pay costs of £300 and a surcharge of £15. Mr Slipper was fined £200, ordered to pay costs of £300 and given a surcharge of £20. Sentence on Mr Seal has been delayed because he did not attend court.