Government transport adviser among climate change protesters charged

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A government transport adviser has been named among dozens of activists charged over their involvement in the Extinction Rebellion protests.

Dr Steve Melia, who has advised governments on issues including eco-towns and Olympic regeneration, will face charges over an alleged public order offence, it emerged yesterday.

Only 74 of more than 1,000 arrested protestors will face charges, police said. Hundreds of others have been released under investigation.

Dr Melia is a former Lib Dem candidate who lectures in transport and planning at the University of the West of England, and once claimed there is ‘no such thing as the economy’.

Other protestors named yesterday include a lawyer, a GP, a theatre director, and a veteran protestor Angela Zelter, 67, who has been arrested worldwide more than 100 times.

The protestors will appear in various London courts over the next few days charged with offences including breach of Section 14 Notice of the Public Order Act 1986, obstructing a highway and obstructing police.

The first, 20-year-old Elliott Cuciurean, appeared in court yesterday and was spared a fine.



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