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Stansted Airport protesters fined

Stranded passenger at Stansted
The demonstration resulted in the cancellation of flights

Protesters who caused hundreds of flights to be delayed following a demonstration at Stansted Airport in Essex have appeared in court.

The group of 22 objectors appeared at Harlow Magistrates' Court charged with aggravated trespass.

Each protestor was fined up to £120 and given a community service order.

Leo Murray from Plane Stupid, which organised the event, said: "We always expected to end up in court." BAA said unlawful behaviour was unacceptable.

Mr Murray said: "That's the point of peaceful direct action. You do something that you believe is necessary and hold your hands up to consequences."

The protest on 8 December aimed to highlight the impact of aviation on the environment.

BAA said irresponsible or unlawful behaviour which aimed to disrupt the airport was unacceptable.

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