Telford pensioner is jailed for oil terminal protest

A Telford pensioner has been jailed for protesting outside an oil terminal.

Barry Mitchell outside Birmingham Crown Court
Barry Mitchell outside Birmingham Crown Court

Just Stop Oil supporter Barry Mitchell, aged 74, was sentenced to 70 days in prison, reduced to 24 days for early admission of guilt and time served, for his third breach of an injunction ordering him not to protest outside the Kingsbury Oil Terminal in north Warwickshire. He was also ordered to pay costs of £1,180.

Mitchell said he was sitting peacefully outside the Kingsbury Oil Terminal to demand an end to new oil and gas projects in the UK.

The Just Stop Oil supporters who appeared before Judge Kelly at Queen Elizabeth Court in Birmingham on Tuesday and Wednesday, were accused of breaking the North Warwickshire injunction on September 14.

Also jailed was Michelle Charlesworth, 55, a former human resources professional from Oxfordshire. She was sentenced to five months in prison after being found guilty of her third breach of the Warwickshire injunction. She was ordered to pay costs of £1,415. Her sentence is reduced by 26 days for the time she has already served on remand and she is likely to serve over two months.

Five other protestors received suspended jail sentences.

A spokesperson from Just Stop Oil said: “Twelve days ago more than 50 ordinary people who were demanding urgent action to address the climate crisis were sent to jail in one day. This week there are eight Just Stop Oil supporters in prison. But we will not stop.

“As the Government doubles down on fossil fuel energy by ramping up supply and breaks its manifesto commitment on fracking, Just Stop Oil supporters will continue to take non-violent direct action to demand it end. We accept the consequences of our actions.”

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