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Climate change protestor goes on trial for disrupting a council meeting

PUBLISHED: 13:55 12 June 2019 | UPDATED: 14:44 12 June 2019

Robert Possnett, one of the four Extinction Rebellion protesters arrested over a protest at Norfolk County Council. Pic: Robert Possnett.

Robert Possnett, one of the four Extinction Rebellion protesters arrested over a protest at Norfolk County Council. Pic: Robert Possnett.

Robert Possnett

A climate change protestor charged with disrupting a council budget meeting has gone on trial in Norwich.

Norwich Magistrates' Court . Picture: Adrian JuddNorwich Magistrates' Court . Picture: Adrian Judd

Robert Possnett, 57, of Nacton Lane, Great Barton is charged with acting in a disorderly manner for the purpose of preventing the transaction of the business for which a meeting was called in Norfolk County Council chambers on February 11.

Appearing at Norwich Magistrates Court this morning, Possnett confirmed his name, age and address before the prosecution laid out its arguments.

In front of a full public gallery of fellow climate change protestors and supporters of the Extinction Rebellion movement the court heard evidence from councillor Margaret Stone and watched video footage from police officers who attended the scene on February 11.

The trial continues.

Extinction Rebellion protesting the Western Link of the NDR (Broadland Northway) at Norwich City Hall. Photo: Andrew BoswellExtinction Rebellion protesting the Western Link of the NDR (Broadland Northway) at Norwich City Hall. Photo: Andrew Boswell

Extinction Rebellion campaigners protested at a South Norfolk Council meeting. Picture: Extinction RebellionExtinction Rebellion campaigners protested at a South Norfolk Council meeting. Picture: Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion campaigners protested at a South Norfolk Council meeting. Picture: Extinction RebellionExtinction Rebellion campaigners protested at a South Norfolk Council meeting. Picture: Extinction Rebellion

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