A vicar and a retired university professor from Bristol have been charged over a stunt which stopped a tube train in London as part of Extinction Rebellion protests on Thursday (October 17).
Rev Sue Parfitt and Philip Kingston both took part in the protest at Shadwell tube station.
A video of Mr Kingston explaining why he’d just glued his hand to the side of a Docklands Light Railway train was issued by Extinction Rebellion.
Both the 83-year-old former university lecturer and Rev Parfitt, 77, were arrested at the scene.
The Metropolitan Police said Rev Parfitt, of Rectory Gardens in Henbury, and Mr Kingston, of Blakeney Road in Patchway, had both been charged with obstructing an engine or carriage on the railway contrary to Section 36 of the Malicious Damage Act.
The Bristol pair were among four people charged with obstructing the train at Shadwell, while another man has been charged with breaching bail conditions over a protest at Canning Town. All five are due to appear before magistrates at Highbury Corner in London later today, Friday.
(Image: Extinction Rebellion)
The backlash to the protests at the tube stations in London continued 24 hours after the disruption at Shadwell and Canning Town at the height of Thursday morning’s rush-hour – including from Extinction Rebellion itself.
Spokespeople from the organisation said the action was not given the backing of the vast majority of members – thousands of Extinction Rebellion activists gave their views in an online vote within the organisation, and more than three-quarters of those who expressed an opinion said they did not want it to go ahead.
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