A third Extinction Rebellion protester has had their conviction quashed at the Old Bailey in as many days. Amelia Halls, 23, was told she should not have been given a criminal record for peacefully obstructing a road during a 2019 demonstration.
Her win comes amid mounting questions for the Crown Prosecution Service over cases brought against the protesters.
A judge at the Old Bailey pressed prosecutors to explain whether they stand by a string of XR convictions. Since 2019, XR says that hundreds of its followers have been convicted of blocking roads. Many of those convictions now appear to be in doubt after the Supreme Court recently ruled that peacefully and briefly obstructing a highway for a genuine political cause was lawful activity. Robert MacQueen, 65, from Haslemere, Surrey, had his conviction overturned on Wednesday. On Tuesday, a judge quashed the conviction of Emma-Rose Goodwin, 47, from Exeter. At least seven more XR-related appeals are due before courts in the coming weeks.