Police charge six over British Grand Prix track invasion


Police charge six over British Grand Prix track invasion where Just Stop Oil eco protesters sat on Formula 1 circuit

  • The activists have all been charged with conspiracy to cause public nuisance
  • They are all due to appear at Northampton Magistrates’ Court this morning
  • Sunday’s race at Silverstone was halted following driver Zhou Guanyu’s crash

Six people have been charged over a Formula 1 track invasion, where eco protesters sat on the circuit at Silverstone at the beginning of the British Grand Prix at the weekend.

Five protesters stormed the Wellington Straight – the fastest point of the Northamptonshire track – before sitting down during the opening lap of Sunday’s race.

The contest had already been suspended following Alfa Romeo driver Zhou Guanyu’s high-speed crash, but a number of cars sped by as the group, understood to be from climate activists Just Stop Oil, launched their protest.

They were swiftly dragged away by marshals to cheers from the watching crowd.

Northamptonshire Police said David Baldwin, 46, of Stonesfield, Witney, Oxfordshire, Emily Brocklebank, 24, of Yeadon, Leeds, Alasdair Gibson, 21, of no fixed address, Louis McKechnie, 21, of London, Bethany Mogie, 40, of St Albans, Hertfordshire, and Joshua Smith, 28, of Manchester, have all been charged with conspiracy to cause public nuisance.

All six will appear at Northampton Magistrates’ Court this morning.

The force said a 43-year-old man also arrested in connection with the incident has been released under investigation pending further inquiries.

Protestors are removed after running onto the track at the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday

Protestors are removed after running onto the track at the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday

Six people have been charged with conspiracy to cause public nuisance following the stunt at the weekend

Six people have been charged with conspiracy to cause public nuisance following the stunt at the weekend

The charges relate to the incident after Sunday's race had been halted following driver Zhou Guanyu's crash

The charges relate to the incident after Sunday’s race had been halted following driver Zhou Guanyu’s crash

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