Teenagers sentenced for Stansted protest
PUBLISHED: 16:29 08 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:47 07 September 2010
TWO teenagers from Hornsey and Muswell Hill have been sentenced for their involvement in an airport protest which led to the cancellation of more than 50 flights. Joe Ryle, 18, from Hornsey and Oliver Robinson, 19, from Muswell Hill narrowly escaped a pr
TWO teenagers from Hornsey and Muswell Hill have been sentenced for their involvement in an airport protest which led to the cancellation of more than 50 flights.
Joe Ryle, 18, from Hornsey and Oliver Robinson, 19, from Muswell Hill narrowly escaped a prison sentence of up to two months and were ordered to pay compensation and unpaid community work.
They were two of the youngest protesters in a group of 22 who were sentenced at Harlow Magistrates Court last Wednesday (January 7), after pleading guilty last month.
The group joined 35 other protesters from campaign group, Plane Stupid, who camped out on the runway at Stansted airport on Monday December 8, leading to the cancellation of 52 Ryanair flights.
Mr Ryle, who is currently studying A-levels at Highgate Wood School, was given the lightest sentence of a three month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay a £60 compensation fine to BAA, which owns the airport.
But Mr Robinson was one of the unluckier protesters and was given a 12 month community order with at least 50 hours of unpaid work and a £60 compensation fine to BAA.
Mr Ryle, who lives in South View Road, told Broadway that the outcome has not deterred him from further action. "Nothing has changed," he said. "I will be very wary in the next three months and need to be careful but after that I'll be doing things again."
Meanwhile, Ryanair have made a claim to Stansted airport for £2.2million in compensation for the loss of revenue and reputation damage incurred during the protest.
A spokesman from Ryanair said that the budget airline were not planning on seeking further compensation from Plane Stupid.
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