Anti-HS2 activist who spent a month underground in London tunnels denies trespass | UK News

An anti-HS2 activist who spent nearly a month underground in a community of tunnels has denied aggravated trespass.

Larch Maxey, 48, was faraway from Euston Sq. Gardens in London by bailiffs on Monday after getting into the tunnels as a part of protests in opposition to the constructing of the high-speed railway line.

The geography lecturer appeared at Highbury Nook Magistrates’ Courtroom on Tuesday charged with legal injury and two counts of obstructing or disrupting an individual engaged in lawful exercise.

The mission has been met with anger from environmentalists

Maxey, of Denham Nation Park, in Denham, Buckinghamshire, denied all three expenses.

The activist, from the group HS2 Insurrection, is accused of trespassing and disrupting HS2 development work at Euston Sq. Gardens by refusing to go away a tunnel underneath the location between 27 January and 22 February.

He’s additionally alleged to have broken a cell phone belonging to Imaginative and prescient Restricted on the website between 17 and 19 February.

Maxey is additional accused of trespassing on a separate HS2 website in Hampstead Highway and disrupting work by climbing a tree and refusing to return down between 6 and 11 October final 12 months.

Maxey was granted bail on the situation he doesn’t enter any HS2 development website and doesn’t intervene with the workings of any HS2 development website.

He was additionally given a curfew to stay at an handle in south London between 11pm and 7am.

A crowd of supporters standing exterior the court docket constructing cheered as he exited shortly after his listening to. He’s subsequent because of seem at Highbury Nook Magistrates’ Courtroom on 14 July for trial.

Environmentalist Swampy protests at HS2 high-speed railway construction site in Denham

Environmentalist Swampy is a part of the protest – and stays underground

The community of tunnels close to the London station was created in secret by protesters who object to the redevelopment of Euston Sq. Gardens as a part of the high-speed railway line.

They have been found on 26 January.

Maxey turned the fifth campaigner to go away the tunnels, after a 16-year-old boy left final Wednesday after 22 days underground.

There are believed to be simply two remaining protesters within the tunnel – veteran environmental campaigner Dan Hooper, often called Swampy, and 18-year-old Blue Sandford, daughter of Scottish landowner Roc Sandford.

What is HS2?

HS2 will join London with the West Midlands, Leeds and Manchester, and is the most important infrastructure mission in Europe.

The goal is to run 18 trains an hour in every course to and from London – at speeds of as much as 224mph – in comparison with between two and 6 an hour on Europe’s high-speed railways.

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