Police charge six over invasion of British Grand Prix track 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 an invasion of Formula 1 circuits, where eco-protesters sat down on the Silverstone circuit at the start of the British Grand Prix this weekend.
Five protesters stormed the Wellington Straight – the fastest point on the Northamptonshire track – before taking their seats on the opening lap of Sunday’s race.
The competition had previously been suspended following the high-speed crash of Alfa Romeo driver Zhou Guanyu, but a number of cars sped past as the group, believed to be from climate activists Just Stop Oil, launched his protest.
They were quickly led away by marshals to the cheers of 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, from St Albans, Hertfordshire, and Joshua Smith, 28, from Manchester, have all been charged with conspiracy to cause public nuisance.
All six will appear in 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 investigation.
Protesters are kicked out after racing on the track during the Formula 1 British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday
Six people have been charged with conspiracy to cause public nuisance following the weekend stunt
The charges relate to the incident after Sunday’s race was stopped following the crash of driver Zhou Guanyu