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Seven XR activists on trial over damaged caused to Shell's London HQ during anti-fossil fuel protest

SEVEN Extinction Rebellion activists are in the dock this week after being charged with causing £25,000 worth of damage to Shell’s London headquarters.  

The trial is only the second against members of the climate action group to be heard in a crown court, where more serious crimes are dealt with and tougher penalties given. 

It comes two years after the activists targeted the oil giant’s office on April 15 2019 by pouring fake oil, glueing themselves to the windows and blocking the doors. 

Activists also cracked several windows and dropped banners reading “Climate criminals” and “Lies.” 

Six of the defendants: Jane Augsburger, Simon Bramwell, an Extinction Rebellion co-founder, Ian Bray, who is also a co-founder, Senan Clifford, David Lambert and Sid Saunders have pleaded not guilty. 

One defendant, Katerina Hasapopoulos, has decided to plead guilty.

The five-day trial began today at Southwark Crown Court in London. 

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