Environmental activists who planned to shut down a coal-fired power station near Nottingham were spared jail today after a judge declared they acted with “the highest possible motives”. Handing down sentences to 18 activists ranging from 18 months’ conditional discharge to 90 hours’ unpaid work, judge Jonathan Teare conceded the public may consider his sentencing “impossibly lenient”. But he said he had been put in a highly unique position given the moral standing of the campaigners. click here
Activists are now calling for an investigation into the role of undercover agent, Mark Kennedy, as an entrapper and agent-provocateur. Kennedy has since quit the police force and moved abroad, claiming that he regrets his actions as an informant. Click here for more.