Greenpeace protesters cleared

Michael Wolkind QC represented 6 Greenpeace activists acquitted with costs awarded at Maidstone Crown Court. They were charged with criminal damage by climbing the chimney tower at Kingsnorth Coal Power Station, then abseiling down it to paint a political slogan on the side.

This was the first time Climate Change had been used as a Lawful Excuse defence, Mr Wolkind successfully arguing that the action was taken to protect the polar ice cap, the sub Saharan deserts, the Alaskan tundra, the Medway regions in Kent, the Inuit people, polar bears, penguins and just about everything else in the World.

Earlier in the trial the prosecution had applied for the case to be withdrawn from the jury as disclosing no possible defence.


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