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Just Stop Oil - High Court Injunction Breach

Published on Monday, 23rd May 2022

Two men were arrested at Kingsbury for breaching the injunction

On Friday 13th May, Jake Handling, 29, of 79 Mains Drive, Dundee, DD4 9 BN will serve a 6-week immediate custodial sentence once arrested as he failed to attend Court, and Joshua Smith, 29, of 6 Ashfield Drive, Manchester, M50 1WJ received a suspended sentence of 37 days and was ordered to pay £250 costs, for breaching an injunction taken out by North Warwickshire Borough Council in Kingsbury.

The Order was secured on 14th April 2022 against the protestor groups who had caused a serious risk to themselves, residents, and the environment during the first week of protest in Kingsbury.

The Order gives a power of arrest and detention until people are presented the next day at Court for entering the oil terminal in Kingsbury and for certain activities in the locality. Copies of the Order are placed prominently at the entrance to the terminal.

The two men were arrested by Warwickshire Police at the site on Saturday (23 April) morning.

Police have issued an appeal to locate Handling. Anyone with information that could help police locate him should call 101. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Leader of the Council, Cllr David Wright said; “The Council supports the right to lawful protest but some of the actions have and continue to create unacceptable dangers. The Injunction gives the Police much better powers to stop repeat and dangerous protestors and today’s sentencing has shown that breaches won’t be taken lightly. This hopefully will act as a deterrent to others and show that both the council and the Police are doing everything in their powers to prevent unsafe protesting at Kingsbury.”