British GP observe invaders’ precipitated ‘threat to drivers’; courtroom case begins
The Simply Cease Oil protesters ran onto the observe to take a seat on the tarmac of the Wellington Straight initially of the race, with marshals venturing onto the circuit and drag the protesters away.
The race had been crimson flagged for the dramatic begin line crash for Alfa Romeo’s Guanyu Zhou, which slowed the automobiles down previous to the 5 protesters being eliminated and arrested.
With the trial going down at Northamptonshire Crown Courtroom, all 5 – plus one different protester who didn’t make it onto the race observe – are accused of committing “a legal act of public nuisance”.
All six protesters deny the costs.
The 12-person jury had been then instructed: “You will notice the second they acquired on the observe, having initially waited for a lot of the autos to move.
“You’ll then see two System 1 racing automobiles driving previous the protesters… whereas 5 of the defendants had been on the observe.
“You will notice marshals having to run onto the observe and drag the protesters off to the aspect.
“The prosecution say that there was clearly an instantaneous threat of great hurt being precipitated. Plainly they might have been struck by fast-moving autos with apparent extreme penalties.
“We are saying that their actions additionally precipitated threat to the drivers, themselves and the marshals.”
The trial is ongoing.