Tree-top Link Road protestors acquitted of all charges

Combe Haven Defenders

Five of the six trial 4 defendants outside Brighton Magistrates Court, 12 March 2014 Five of the six trial 4 defendants outside Brighton Magistrates Court, 12 March 2014

Press release
Combe Haven Defenders [1]
Wednesday 12 March

TREE-TOP LINK ROAD PROTESTORS ACQUITTED OF ALL CHARGES AFTER 13 DAY TRIAL

Six anti-road protestors who were arrested in January 2013 after occupying trees along the route of the controversial Bexhill-Hastings Link Road (BHLR) have today been acquitted of all charges following a thirteen-day trial originally scheduled to last five days.

The six – all of whom were charged with aggravated trespass following tree occupations on the route of the BHLR – first went on trial in Hastings last September [2].  However the trial, originally scheduled to last five days, ended up taking thirteen, running on dates in October, December and January, and finally finishing today in Brighton.  Further acquittals are possible next week when the verdict will be given for the last remaining case, involving five…

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