Two individuals deny inflicting £52K harm after Stansted jets ‘sprayed with JSO orange paint’ | UK | News | EUROtoday

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TWO individuals have denied inflicting a minimum of £52,000 price of injury after personal jets have been sprayed with orange paint at Stansted Airport in a Just Stop Oil stunt.

Jennifer Kowalski, 28, of Dumbarton in Scotland, and Cole Macdonald, 22, of Brighton, pleaded not responsible at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Saturday to inflicting prison harm and interfering with nationwide infrastructure.

The pair are accused of utilizing angle grinders to interrupt by means of an airport fence at round 5am on Thursday earlier than getting into a taxiway with Just Stop Oil-branded fireplace extinguishers stuffed with orange spray paint, the court docket heard.

The pair, who appeared in court docket through videolink from Chelmsford police station, are then alleged to have sprayed two jets.

Prosecutors say that the price of cleansing up the paint was £52,000, though the complete harm to the fence and quantity wanted to fund additional safety within the wake of the alleged stunt isn’t but identified.

The court docket heard that 1000’s of passengers have been impacted as 75 flights have been disrupted throughout a 38-minute delay.

Kowalski and Macdonald are additionally each charged with aggravated trespass, although they weren’t requested to enter pleas for that.

The pair have been remanded in custody to look at a plea and trial preparation listening to at Chelmsford Crown Court on July 22.

One supporter swore loudly from the general public gallery after they have been denied bail.

Environmental group Just Stop Oil stated activists had entered the airfield and used fireplace extinguishers stuffed with orange paint.

Essex Police stated it detained two individuals after they gained entry to a personal space of an airfield and have been “causing damage to two aircraft”.

The power confirmed the personal jet of pop star Taylor Swift, which Just Stop Oil stated had landed at Stansted “mere hours before”, was not on the airport.