Tuesday, November 28, 2023

Essex Police charge another twelve over oil protests

ESSEX Police have charged a further 12 people following protests in Thurrock, bringing the total number charged to 23.

Rik Jansen, 26, of The Avenue, London, Louis Hawkins, 22, of Dewe Road, Brighton, Orla Coghlan, 27, of The Avenue, London, Catherine Maclean, 64, of Cuckfield Road, Hurstpierpoint, Abigail Percy-Ratcliff, 22, Thornwood Avenue, Glasgow, David Woon, 29, Thornhill Road, Hannah Torrance Bright, 20, St Vincent Street, Glasgow, Cat Scothorne, 19, Alfred Place, Edinburgh, Eilidh McFadden, 20, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Orla Murphy, 20, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow and Patrick Hart, 36, Lodway Road, Bristol have been charged with aggravated trespass.

Morgan Trowland, 39, of Barry Blandford Way, London, has been charged with interfering with a motor vehicle and wilful obstruction of a highway.

Today, Friday 15 April, we have arrested a further 28 people, bringing the total number of arrests to date to 454.

Officers remain in Thurrock where a small number of people continue to protest.

Essex Police Assistant Chief Constable Glen Pavelin said: “It is anticipated the road network will be busy today and in the coming days, as people travel and spend time with family and friends during the Bank Holiday weekend.

“Our dedicated officers will continue to work across the weekend to keep Essex moving, keep people safe and minimise disruption to the public.

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

“As demonstrated this week, if you come to Essex and engage in disruptive and dangerous protest, we will arrest you.”


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