HS2 protesters who tunnelled under Euston Square Gardens acquitted


Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court this week dismissed charges of aggravated trespass against a number of protesters arising from their protest at Euston Square Gardens.

The protesters dug a 100ft tunnel network under Euston Square Gardens, which they occupied for a total of 31 days in January and February of this year. They were protesting in opposition to the construction of the HS2 high-speed rail network.

However, the Magistrates’ Court found that the protesters had no case to answer for aggravated trespass. The Court concluded that there was no evidence that construction work had commenced, or was about to commence, at the time of the defendants’ protest.

Tim James-Matthews and Simon Natas of ITN Solicitors appeared for the defendants.

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