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Jury clears Christian local weather activists who climbed on prime of practice

Rev Sue Parfitt and Fr Martin Newell(Photograph: Christian Local weather Motion)

Christian local weather activists who prevented a Docklands Mild Railway practice from leaving a London station throughout rush-hour have been cleared.

Anglican priest, Rev Sue Parfitt, 79, and Fr Martin Newell, 54, stood trial this week alongside retired college lecturer Philip Kingston, 85, who can also be a Christian. 

All three are members of Christian Local weather Motion (CCA), the Christian arm of Extinction Revolt. 

They defended their actions on the Internal London Crown Courtroom, claiming that they had “tried the whole lot else” earlier than mounting the DLR practice in October 2019. 

The activists staged the protest at Shadwell Station in East London, holding up commuters for over an hour. 

All three denied obstructing an engine or carriage on a railway.

They stated of their defence that their actions have been a proportionate response to the escalating local weather disaster and a lawful protest beneath the Human Rights Act.

Choose Silas Reid had advised the jury to contemplate protections for protesting beneath the European Conference of Human Rights, which he stated “offers them and us the liberty of perception, expression and the precise to freedom of meeting”. 

“Are we positive {that a} conviction of the defendant for obstructing the railway is critical in a democratic society within the curiosity of public security, prevention of dysfunction or safety of rights and freedoms of others?” he stated. 

Christian Local weather Motion stated, “We’re grateful that this courtroom case has allowed the crucial state of this local weather emergency to be within the media.” 

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