Girl, 13, among St Albans Extinction Rebellion members arrested in climate change protests

PUBLISHED: 18:38 25 April 2019

Dr Emily Spry being taken into custody by police officers. Picture: Paul Thistlethwaite

Dr Emily Spry being taken into custody by police officers. Picture: Paul Thistlethwaite

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Three adults and one teenager from the St Albans Extinction Rebellion group were arrested during the climate change protests in London, which are set to come to an end today.

The protesters were forcibly removed from Parliament Square, with hundreds of other activists, after blockading roads in the area.

13-year old Hermione Leon, from Bovingdon, was in a police cell for five hours last Thursday.

Hermoine passed the time by singing “everything from Phantom of the Opera to folk” to her mother Tania Leon, who was in a nearby cell.

“Singing was Hermione's way of telling me that she was OK,” Tania said.

Dr Emily Spry, from Flamstead, was also arrested at Parliament Square, and held from around 7pm until 5am in the morning.

“It was very weird and horrible [being in a cell]. I was awake all night,” Emily told the Herts Advertiser.

Another St Albans Extinction Rebellion protester, Craig Scudder from Harpenden, was arrested after gluing himself to fellow protesters in Parliament Square on Easter Sunday.

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“Throughout the protests and the arrests, the police were amazing,” said 52-year-old Craig.

“They did their job professionally.”

More than 1,000 arrests have been made during the climate change protests, which organisers have said is due to end today.

Dr Julian Gannon, a spokesperson for the group, claimed St Albans MP Anne Main has not taken an acitve role in parliament on climate change.

She said: “Climate change is the number one issue that politicians should be discussing.

“Our local MP, Anne Main, failed to attend the Parliamentary debate on climate change triggered by the school student strikes in February citing 'high level of prior diary and parliamentary commitments'.

“What could be more important than climate change?”

Ms Main's parliamentary assistant Ross Ewing said the MP has been involved in environmental issues and did set up a parliamentary group on plastic waste prevention, but she was simply not available that day.

St Albans Extinction Rebellion will meet again on May 7 at 7.30pm at Trinity URC in Beaconsfield Rd, St Albans.

For more information search for 'Extinction Rebellion St Albans Area' on Facebook.

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