Police charge 17 campaigners who tried to stop ‘mass deportation flight’ from Stansted Airport

PUBLISHED: 08:36 30 March 2017 | UPDATED: 08:55 30 March 2017

Anti-deportation protesters blocked a non-commercial runway at Stansted Airport. Photo: Stop Charter Flights/PA Wire

Anti-deportation protesters blocked a non-commercial runway at Stansted Airport. Photo: Stop Charter Flights/PA Wire

Seventeen people have been charged after anti-deportation protesters locked themselves to a plane at Stansted Airport.

Essex Police has charged nine women and eight men with obstructing a person engaged in lawful activity and taking part in a demonstration likely to obstruct the Essex airport.

Flights were temporarily suspended yesterday after activists entered a secure area and put up a blockade near a non-commercial runway.

Campaign group Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants (LGSMigrants) said some of its members, along with individuals from End Deportations and Plane Stupid, were behind the bid to halt a “mass deportation flight” destined for Nigeria.

Those charged, who have been bailed to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on May 3, are:

• Emma Hughes, 26, Vicarage Road, Leytonstone

• Melanie Evans, 33, Vicarage Road, Leytonstone

• Melanie Stickland, 34, Borwick Avenue, Walthamstow

• Lyndsay Burtonshaw, 26, No address given

• May McKeith, 31, Clementina Road, Leytonstone

• Laura Clayson, 26, Lords Close, Greenwich

• Helen Brewer, 27, Markfield Road, Hackney

• Ruth Potts, 42, Ashton Gate Terrace, Briston

• Jyoysna Ram, 31, Stanhope Gardens, Haringey

• Nicholas Sigsworth, 27, Clementia Road, Leytonstone

• Alistair Tamlit, 28, of NFA, London

• Benjamine Metters, 26, of Rowley Gardens, Haringey

• Edward Thacker, 27, Markfield Road, Hackney

•Casper Hughes, 23, East Arbour Street, Tower Hamlets

• Kristian Buus, 46, of Ellingfort Road, Hackney

• Nathan Clack, 28, Lords Close, Lambeth

• Joseph McGahan, 33, Clementina Road, Leytonstone

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