A group of protesters who were arrested after blocking vehicle access to the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Burghfield have had their convictions overturned by the High Court.
Nina Carter-Brown, Nick Cooper, Angela Ditchfield, Joanna Frew and Alison Parker had been convicted of wilful obstruction of the highway following a protest outside AWE Burghfield – where the UK’s nuclear deterrent Trident is produced – in June 2016.
The five are part of Christian protest group Put Down the Sword, which takes non-violent action against issues including nuclear weapons.
However the conviction passed by Reading Magistrates’ Court has now been quashed by the High Court, after Lord Justice Burnett and Sir Wyn Williams ruled that the prosecution had failed to establish where the boundary lay.
A joint statement from the defendants said: “We welcome the verdict, but whatever the courts say, we will continue to oppose the evil of nuclear weapons. We will continue to seek peace, and to take the consequences of doing so.”