Four Bristol campaigners arrested in Extinction Rebellion protests in London

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Four Bristol residents were arrested while taking part in Extinction Rebellion protests in London today, Thursday, October 10.

Two of those detained by police were a retired couple who were company directors – and were arrested for spraying chalk paint onto the front of the Department for Transport buildings in Whitehall.

Another two were arrested in a separate protest, in which they said they glued themselves to the underside of a lorry which had been driven into the same street in Westminster as the offices of Defra and the Home Office ministries.

At the Department of Transport, James and Mary Collett, both retired company directors, sprayed chalk paint onto the DfT headquarters in Horseferry Road, with the slogan ‘Fly today – die tomorrow’.

The couple said it was a message to the Government department to ‘stop subsidising the aviation industry’.

The couple were part of a wider Bristol-focused Extinction Rebellion protest at the DfT against the expansion of Bristol Airport.

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James and Mary Collett were arrested as part of Extinction Rebellion protests at the Department for Transport in London (Image: Extinction Rebellion)

Photos of their action were released by Extinction Rebellion, as well as images of the couple in the back of a police van.

After they were arrested, the couple issued a statement which said: “We worked really hard to run a sustainable business for 25 years and this will all have been for nothing if the Department of Transport continues with ‘business as usual’ and allows airports to keep expanding and risking the lives of our children and everyone else on the planet.”

Over at Marsham Street in Westminster, James Mee and Monique Sapla told Bristol Live today (Thursday, October 10) that they had also been arrested.

 

Mee, 35, of Filton, said he was charged with public nuisance and released under investigation after being arrested on Tuesday (October 8) on Marsham Street, Westminster.

Sapla, 23, of, Fishponds, said she was arrested at the same place and time, but charged with obstructing the highway as well as public nuisance. She also said she was released under investigation.

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James and Mary Collett were arrested as part of Extinction Rebellion protests at the Department for Transport in London (Image: Extinction Rebellion)

Protesters used a lorry to block Marsham Street on Monday and Tuesday, some opting to glue themselves to the underside of the vehicle.

The street was reportedly chosen because it boasts the Home Office and Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

A spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police refused to confirm the names of anyone charged over Extinction Rebellion this week when contacted by Bristol Live this afternoon.

 

Earlier this year, Bristol played host to a week-long Extinction Rebellion protest which resulted in a string of arrests and court cases.

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