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28 March 2008


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Admonishment for peace protesters
Gerard Benson reports on the culmination of the case against three peace protesters accused of breaking into the home of Britain's nuclear weapons
The final day of the case involving Tansy Newman-Turner and Lavinia Crosland, young attenders at Bradford Meeting, and Emma Bateman was heard at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on Wednesday 19 March
  • A group of about twenty Quakers and other supporters packed the public gallery
  • The three were charged with separate offences, all relating to the same incident – a break-in at Faslane naval base, home of the UK's Trident nuclear submarines
  • Tansy and Emma were charged under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act, 2005, Lavinia on the lesser charge of breach of the peace
  • Tansy and Emma conducted their own defences; Lavinia was represented
  • After an unsuccessful plea of ultra vires (beyond the competence of the court) the cases were heard on the prosecutor's terms


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