Extinction Rebellion protesters from Stroud caused £25K damage to Shell’s headquarters, court hears

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EXTINCTION Rebellion protestors caused £25,000 worth of damage when they glued themselves to Shell’s headquarters in London, a court heard.

The oil giant had to pay £15,000 to repair smashed glass work and another £10,000 to remove paint from the office block near The London Eye.

During the April protests, activists sprayed messages including “Shell kills” across the building while revolving doors were also smashed.

Seven people, six of who are from Stroud, denied causing criminal damage to the building when they appeared at City of London Magistrates Court.

They also denied having an article of intent to destroy or damage property.

Carpenter James Saunders, 40, grave digger Simon Bramwell, 47, business owner Katerina Hasapopoulos, 41, carer Jane Augsburger, 54, retired teacher Senan Clifford, 58, salesman Ian Bray, 52 and landscape consultant David Lambert, 60, were bailed to appear at Southwark Crown Court on October 4.

Robert Simpson, prosecuting, said: “There was damage caused to the glass work of the building to the tune of £15,000.

“Some were gluing themselves to the building.

“The cost of removing the paint from the building was £10,300.”

The defendants were granted unconditional bail.

District Judge Alison said: “I decline to deal with your cases at this court.

“I reach that conclusion because of the amount of damage caused.”

Raj Chada, from Hodge Jones and Allen, and Mike Schwarz (corr), from Bindmans Solicitors, represented the defendants.

Speaking after the hearing, Mr Chada said: “They look forward to giving a full explanation of their actions and highlighting the role played by others in the climate crisis that faces us.”

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