A woman from St Albans has become one of six Just Stop Oil campaigners to be found guilty of risking “serious harm” to Formula One drivers.

The incident took place at last year's British Grand Prix at Silverstone, on July 3.


Bethany Mogie, 40, was one of six campaigners to have been charged after video footage appeared to show protesters sitting on the track, before being dragged off the circuit as two cars passed close by.

Alasdair Gibson, Louis McKechnie, Bethany Mogie, David Baldwin, Emily Brocklebank and Joshua Smith all claimed that protest did not risk serious harm.

Herts Advertiser: All six individuals have been found guilty.All six individuals have been found guilty. (Image: PA)

The protest had been started after a red flag had halted the race, and followed a “meticulous” safety plan.

After appearing at Northampton Crown Court, all six individuals have been found guilty.

Jurers had deliberated for eight hours and 47 minutes over three days before returning guilty verdicts.


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The Crown said that the individuals had clearly caused an immediate risk of serious harm by sitting “in the face” of fast-moving vehicles.

Prosecutor Simon Jones told the court: “As events unfolded, the F1 Grand Prix had started and it was under a red flag after a serious accident had occurred at the very start.

“Each of these defendants were present at Silverstone and they were intent on causing a disruption to the race.

“It is not in dispute that five of the defendants in this case – all of them save for David Baldwin – made it on to the racetrack and they did not have permission to be there."

David Baldwin had been found in the car park with glue, cable ties and a Just Stop Oil banner.

The prosecutor continued: “There is no dispute as to that, and they sat down in front of the ongoing cars – Formula One motor racing cars.

“They will inevitably say that this was done as an act of protest and in order to bring publicity to the cause and demands they make.”

The campaigners claim that the world is “being destroyed for the benefit of a few people”.

All six individuals will return to court for sentencing on March 31.