Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Eco-Protest Hits Gatwick; Security Breach: The Protesters Unfurl Banners in the Arrivals Hall at Gatwick Urging Travellers to Use Trains Rather Than Planes

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Eco-Protest Hits Gatwick; Security Breach: The Protesters Unfurl Banners in the Arrivals Hall at Gatwick Urging Travellers to Use Trains Rather Than Planes

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Byline: ROBERT MENDICK

ECO-ACTIVISTS breached security at Gatwick airport today in a protest against short-haul flights.

In a separate action, another group blocked deliveries from a biofuel depot.

The campaign of disruption coincides with a protest camp near Kingsnorth power station in Kent, which will culminate in a day of action on Saturday.

At Gatwick, two campaigners clambered on to the roof rafters in the arrivals lounge, unfurling a banner urging travellers to use trains rather than planes.

Two more activists handcuffed themselves to railings on a mezzanine floor.

Three more handed out leaflets attacking Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly.

The stunt was organised by Plane Stupid, the anti-aviation group which mounted a rooftop protest on the Palace of Westminster in February.

One of the group's leaders Tamsin Omond, on police bail for the Parliament protest, said she and fellow activists infiltrated the airport at 7. …

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