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Heathrow Pause activists meet with police ahead of plans to fly drones in the airport's exclusion zone

ENVIRONMENTAL activists met Lambeth Police today to discuss their plans to fly toy drones in the Heathrow exclusion zone in protest against the airport’s expansion.

The non-violent direct action by activists Roger Hallam and Valerie Milner-Brown on Friday September 13 at 3am is designed to highlight the “grave risk” of the airport expansion during a climate emergency.

Mr Hallam and Ms Milner-Brown shared information with police officers to ensure the Heathrow Pause action takes place “entirely peacefully” and without “any unforeseen difficulties.”

Despite their intention of breaking the law and their willingness to go to prison, the activists say they are “utterly committed” to non-violence, transparency and co-operation with police as far as possible.

The airport’s sustainability manager Matt Gorman also met Lambeth Police on August 30 and suggested that the decision over the third runway should be put to a further vote before Parliament.

Ahead of the meeting, Ms Milner-Brown said she was taking action as she felt “at the end of knowing what else to do.”

She said: “We know the science, we know what’s already happening to communities around the world.

“Unprecedented extreme weather is ripping through regions and destroying lives. The breakdown of our environment spells disaster for billions. I can’t with good conscience not act.

“I don’t want to get arrested, but it feels like it’s the last resort for our government to take notice.

“I’m a grandmother and I care deeply about my children’s and grandchildren’s futures — and I would never do anything to put a life at risk.”

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