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Peace protester denies airbase trespass
A peace protester from Leamington Spa has appeared in court accused of aggravated trespass at RAF Fairford, in Gloucestershire.

Sam Grafton, of Wills Road, in Leamington was arrested by armed Ghurkhas at the base on Wednesday night.

The 22-year-old was arrested along with a 17-year-old man from Powys in Wales.

The two appeared at Cheltenham Magistrates on Friday and denied charges of aggravated trespass and possessing articles to cause criminal damage.

Granted bail

They were granted bail, on the condition that they do not go within 500 metres of any military base in the UK, and are due to appear before magistrates on 23 April.

The arrests are the latest in a series at the airbase where 14 American B-52 bombers have been based since early March.

Gloucestershire Police say 58 people have been arrested at the base since the end of January.

RAF Fairford is being used as the base for 14 American B52 bombers carrying out raids on Iraq.

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18 Mar 03 |  England

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