Morgan Trowland and Marcus Decker sentenced to prison for causing chaos and public nuisance
Two Just Stop Oil protesters, Morgan Trowland and Marcus Decker, have been sentenced to prison for causing chaos and public nuisance after scaling the Dartford Crossing bridge, resulting in a gridlock when police closed the bridge to traffic.
Trowland, 40, and Decker, 34, were found guilty by unanimous verdicts of causing a public nuisance following a trial at Basildon Crown Court. They were sentenced at Southend Crown Court to three years and two years and seven months in prison, respectively. The duo used climbing equipment to scale the cables of the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge in October last year, unfurling a giant Just Stop Oil banner and causing the bridge to be closed for 40 hours.
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Home Secretary Suella Braverman welcomed the court’s verdict and warned others considering similar stunts to take note. Judge Shane Collery KC stated that the sentences were to punish the defendants for the chaos caused and to deter others from copying their actions.
Despite the sentencing, Just Stop Oil remains undeterred, continuing disruptive protests and possibly planning actions during the London Marathon this weekend. The group demands that the government halt licensing and consents for new fossil-fuel projects in the UK.
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