Thursday, December 7, 2023

Eleven charged over fuel protests in Thurrock

ESSEX Police have charged 11 people with aggravated trespass following protests in Thurrock.

They are Benjamin Mitchell, 20, of Buckingham Street, Brighton; Peter Bailey, 66, of Salisbury Road, Lancaster; Jan Sasak, 32, of Bucklawren Road, St Martin, Cornwall; Rosa Sharkley, 22, of Dewe Road, Brighton; Louis McKechnie, 21, of Clearmount Road, Weymouth; Stephanie Aylett, 27, of High Oaks, St Albans; Cressida Gethin, 20, of no fixed address; James Skeet, 34, of Drayon Street, Manchester; Rosalind Bird, 38, of Stanley Chase, Bristol; Nathan McGovern, 22, of White Horse Lane, London and Matthew Powell, 21, of Lower Bristol Road, Bath.

They are due to appear in court on Tuesday 24 May.

We continue to work closely with our colleagues at the Crown Prosecution Service to secure charges where possible.

Today, we have arrested a further 18 people, bringing to total number of arrests to date to 391.

Officers remain in Thurrock where a number of people are protesting at Navigator Terminal.

Essex Police Assistant Chief Constable Glen Pavelin said:

“These charges demonstrate how we have responded, and continue to respond, to criminal offences being committed.
“We have said all along that we support protest.
“But we support protest when it is safe and lawful, not reckless and dangerous.
“Our officers will continue to work hard to keep Essex moving, keep people safe and minimise disruption to the public as we head towards the Easter weekend.”


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