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Friday, October 21, 2016
Priest in court over anti-nuclear trespass
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¬†A priest and a member of the Catholic Worker Community were due to appear at Peterborough court today to set a date for committal proceedings over their part in a peace protest last November. Fr Martin Newell, assistant priest at Canning Town, East London, and Susan van der Hidjen from Amsterdam have been held in Bedford and Holloway prisons respectively, since 3 November. They face charges of trespass, criminal damage to four vehicles set at £27,000 and criminal damage to buildings set at £4,000. In the early hours of 3 November last year, they entered RAF Wittering in Cambridgeshire and disarmed a convoy truck being prepared to carry nuclear warheads to Coulport in Scotland, for Trident nuclear submarines. Pax Christi spokeswoman Pat Gaffney said: "This is only a committal proceedings. It could be several months before the case comes to court." She explained that they are being represented by lawyer Gareth Pierce. Supporters were planning to gather outside Peterborough cathedral at 9.30am today and and proceed to the Crown Court for a peaceful demonstration at 10am.
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