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Seven women to go on trial over Bucks HS2 protest

Known as the 'Seven Sisters', the women allegedly blocked workers near Steeple Claydon.

Published by Dan Gooding at 1:25pm 28th July 2020. 2-minute read.

Seven women to go on trial over Bucks HS2 protest

A group of women, known as the seven sisters, will go on trial next year after allegedly trespassing on HS2 land.

They reportedly sang around an oak tree near Steeple Claydon set to be removed as part of construction of the line.

The group pleaded not guilty to the charges against them and were bailed until January.

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The '7 Sisters' are accused of preventing contractors working at Poor's Piece in the village of Steeple Claydon, Bucks on Wednesday 3 June.

The group say that 30 police officers were sent to their camp and they were held for 12 hours in the cells, where they continued to sing.

They claim the 200 year old tree, which is still standing, is home to many species, including bats, Red kites, Yellowhammers, badgers and insects live in the surrounding woodland.

Today, the seven appeared at Milton Keynes magistrates court before District Judge Malcolm Dodds who bailed them for a trial on 25th, 27th and 28th January next year.

They all denied aggravated trespass and a second charge of hiding or obstructing tools on a property under the Trade Union and Labour Relations Act.

The seven defendants are:

  • Miriam Instone, 22,
  • Mina Jaf, 23,
  • Jessica Walker, 29,
  • Morgana Donfrancesco, 29,
  • Imogen May, 48,
  • Samantha Smithson, 38,
  • Michelle MacDonagh, 33.

Before the hearing the protestors stood outside the court behind a green banner that read: 7 SISTERS HS 2 Rebellion.

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