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XR BLOCKADE: Protesters due to appear in court after protest at newspaper printing headquarters 

 Published on: 7th September 2020   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

An Extinction Rebellion protester remained silent in court today (Monday, September 7), except to say she lived in a squat, when she was accused of blockading a newspaper print works.

Natalie Bracht, 45, is said to have been one of a hundred Extinction Rebellion supporters that disrupted distribution of The Sun, The Times, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph on Friday night and Saturday morning.

Today she appeared at Luton Magistrates’ Court via a video link from Stevenage police station, accused of obstructing the highway and obstructing a police officer.

Dressed in a grey top with long brown hair, she refused to speak during the hearing. She remained expressionless, occasionally smirking, with her hands wrapped around her knees or with her head in her hands.

She refused to plead, and District Judge Sally Fudge entered not guilty pleas, adjourning the case for a plea hearing on November 27 at St Albans Magistrates’ Court.

Dressed in a grey top with long brown hair, she refused to speak during the hearing. She remained expressionless, occasionally smirking, with her hands wrapped around her knees or with her head in her hands.

She only spoke, with a German accent, to give the judge her address at a squat at Heathrow Row, Sipson, West London. She said: “It is a squat. There is a letter box outside.”

Prosecutor Cassie Roberts asked for her to be bailed with conditions that she does not go within 100 metres of the boundary of any Newsprinters Ltd Premises, not to enter Hertfordshire up to and including September 13, subject to some exemptions, not to attend any protest organised by, linked to or otherwise supporting the Extinction Rebellion at any location in the UK up to and including 13 September.

She was bailed to appear with 50 other Extinction Rebellion demonstrators who are due to face the charge of obstructing the highway. They are all due to appear at St Albans’ magistrates court on November 27.

This includes Susan Hampton, 64, of Lincoln Court, Berkhamsted, Rebecca Plenderleith, 50, of Peacocks Close, Berkhamsted, Bethany Mogie, aged 38, of Kingsbury Avenue, St Albans and Graham Cox, aged 58, of The Shrubbery, Hemel Hempstead.

The demonstration began outside the Broxbourne site at around 10pm on Friday and ended at 11am on Saturday morning. Vehicles blocked roads and individual protestors chained themselves to structures.

Extinction Rebellion claimed the newspapers fail to report on the climate and ecological emergency.

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