The case of 29 people including a Midland man charged with obstruction of the railway after protesters stopped a coal train heading for Europe’s biggest coal-fired power station will be heard at crown court, a district judge decided.
A total of 28 of the 29 appeared at Selby Magistrates’ Court yesterday accused of obstructing the railway by walking on the tracks and climbing and sitting on a bridge and train during the protest close to Drax power station on June 13.
The case was adjourned for a committal hearing at York Magistrates’ Court on October 7. Among the 29 defendants is Malcolm Carroll, 52, of Stafford, Staffordshire, who gave no indication of plea.
When asked if they wanted to enter a plea, 17 of the defendants pleaded not guilty and 11 did not indicate a plea.