Leeds environmental campaigner in court over F1 British Grand Prix stunt at Silverstone

A Leeds woman has appeared in court alongside five other environmental campaigners after a track invasion at the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
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The six defendants appeared in front of a crown court judge as they face charges of conspiring to cause a public nuisance.

Emily Brocklebank, 23, from Yeadon, was charged along with David Baldwin, 46; Alasdair Gibson, 21; Louis McKechnie, 21; Bethany Mogie, 40, and Joshua Smith, 29.

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Protesters stormed the Wellington Straight, the fastest point of the Northamptonshire track, before sitting down during the opening lap of the race on July 3.

Emily Brocklebank, right, arrives at Northampton Crown Court. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA WireEmily Brocklebank, right, arrives at Northampton Crown Court. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Emily Brocklebank, right, arrives at Northampton Crown Court. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A previous court hearing heard demonstrators entered the track wearing orange tracksuits bearing the message "Just Stop Oil".

The contest had already been suspended following Alfa Romeo driver Zhou Guanyu's high-speed crash, but a number of cars sped by.

None of the defendants were required to enter a plea at Northampton Crown Court on Friday.

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McKechnie and Smith, both of Manchester, were remanded into custody ahead of a plea hearing on October 3.

Baldwin, of Witney, Oxfordshire; Brocklebank, of Yeadon, Leeds; Gibson, of Aberdeen; and Mogie, of St Albans, Hertfordshire, were granted bail until the same date.