Five Christian campaigners against nuclear weapons who blocked the road into AWE Burghfield in a protest last summer have said in court their faith “compelled” them to do it.
Nina Carter-Brown, Nick Cooper, Angela Ditchfield, Joanna Frew and Alison Parker, of activist group Put Down The Sword, were found guilty of obstructing the highway at Reading Magistrates’ Court last week.
In June the quintet locked themselves together and laid across the entrance to AWE Burghfield as part of a month of protests taking place there.
During the three-day trial, the defendants said their Christian faith compelled them to take action “for peace and justice”.
However the prosecution argued that they could have staged a protest at the side of the road, rather than lying in it.
The five were each sentenced to a conditional discharge for six months, with costs of £100 and a £20 surcharge.
A statement from the defendants said: “We stand by what we said in court – Trident is an illegal and immoral waste of money, a crime against humanity and God.
“We believe prayer is important but sometimes our faith compels us to put our whole bodies in the way of injustice and violence.”