The co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, Roger Hallam, has gone on trial accused of being part of a plot to use drones to close Heathrow airport.
The co-founder of Extinction Rebellion, Roger Hallam, joined a plot to “paralyse” London’s Heathrow airport by flying dozens of drones near the runway, a jury has been told.
Roger Hallam, 57, went on trial at Isleworth Crown Court on Monday along with Larch Maxey, 51, and Valerie Milner-Brown, 71.
All three deny conspiracy to cause a public nuisance, while a fourth person, Michael Lynch-White, has pleaded guilty.
Prosecutor James Curtis, KC, said Mr. Hallam and his co-defendants intended to “embarrass” the government into abandoning its plans for a third runway at Heathrow.
He said the plan was for the September 2019 protest, which was dubbed Heathrow Pause, to go viral and shut down the airport while also leading to lots of publicity.
The jury was told Hallam told police during an interview he had wanted to, “close Heathrow for the foreseeable future.”
Mr. Hallam, Mr. Maxey and Ms. Milner-Brown are accused of conspiring with Lynch-White and others on or before Sep. 14, 2019 to close Heathrow with “unauthorised and…
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