Anti-HS2 activist who spent a month underground in London tunnels denies trespass

Undated handout video grab issued by HS2 Rebellion of a protester known as 'Larch' in part of a 100ft tunnel network dug in secret under Euston Square Gardens in central London, which they claim is at risk from the HS2 line development. Issue date: Tuesday January 26, 2021.

2021-02-24 03:11:00

An anti-HS2 activist who spent virtually a month underground in a community of tunnels has denied aggravated trespass.

Larch Maxey, 48, was faraway from Euston Sq. Gardens in London by bailiffs on Monday after coming into the tunnels as a part of protests towards the constructing of the high-speed railway line.

The geography lecturer appeared at Highbury Nook Magistrates’ Court docket on Tuesday charged with felony injury and two counts of obstructing or disrupting an individual engaged in lawful exercise.

HS2 Rebellion protesters in a tree, part of an encampment in Euston Square Gardens in central London, where the protesters have built a 100ft tunnel network, which they are ready to occupy, after claiming the garden is at risk from the HS2 line development. Picture date: Wednesday January 27, 2021.
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The challenge has been met with anger from environmentalists

Maxey, of Denham Nation Park, in Denham, Buckinghamshire, denied all three prices.

The activist, from the group HS2 Rebel, is accused of trespassing and disrupting HS2 building work at Euston Sq. Gardens by refusing to depart a tunnel beneath the positioning between 27 January and 22 February.

He’s additionally alleged to have broken a cell phone belonging to Imaginative and prescient Restricted on the website between 17 and 19 February.

Maxey is additional accused of trespassing on a separate HS2 website in Hampstead Street and disrupting work by climbing a tree and refusing to return down between 6 and 11 October final 12 months.

Maxey was granted bail on the situation he doesn’t enter any HS2 building website and doesn’t intervene with the workings of any HS2 building website.

He was additionally given a curfew to stay at an deal with in south London between 11pm and 7am.

A crowd of supporters standing outdoors the courtroom constructing cheered as he exited shortly after his listening to. He’s subsequent as a consequence of seem at Highbury Nook Magistrates’ Court docket on 14 July for trial.

Environmentalist Swampy protests at HS2 high-speed railway construction site in Denham
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Environmentalist Swampy is a part of the protest – and stays underground

The community of tunnels close to the London station was created in secret by protesters who object to the redevelopment of Euston Sq. Gardens as a part of the high-speed railway line.

They had been found on 26 January.

Maxey grew to become the fifth campaigner to depart the tunnels, after a 16-year-old boy left final Wednesday after 22 days underground.

There are believed to be simply two remaining protesters within the tunnel – veteran environmental campaigner Dan Hooper, often called Swampy, and 18-year-old Blue Sandford, daughter of Scottish landowner Roc Sandford.

What is HS2?

HS2 will join London with the West Midlands, Leeds and Manchester, and is the biggest infrastructure challenge in Europe.

The intention is to run 18 trains an hour in every course to and from London – at speeds of as much as 224mph – in comparison with between two and 6 an hour on Europe’s high-speed railways.

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