An anti-HS2 activist who spent nearly a month underground in a community of tunnels has denied aggravated trespass.
Larch Maxey, 48, was faraway from Euston Square Gardens in London by bailiffs on Monday after coming into the tunnels as a part of protests towards the constructing of the high-speed railway line.
The geography lecturer appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday charged with prison injury and two counts of obstructing or disrupting a person engaged in lawful exercise.
Maxey, of Denham Country Park, in Denham, Buckinghamshire, denied all three costs.
The activist, from the group HS2 Rebellion, is accused of trespassing and disrupting HS2 development work at Euston Square Gardens by refusing to depart a tunnel below the positioning between 27 January and 22 February.
He can also be alleged to have broken a cell phone belonging to Vision Limited on the web site between 17 and 19 February.
Maxey is additional accused of trespassing on a separate HS2 web site in Hampstead Road and disrupting work by climbing a tree and refusing to come back down between 6 and 11 October final 12 months.
Maxey was granted bail on the situation he doesn’t enter any HS2 development web site and doesn’t intrude with the workings of any HS2 development web site.
He was additionally given a curfew to stay at an handle in south London between 11pm and 7am.
A crowd of supporters standing exterior the court docket constructing cheered as he exited shortly after his listening to. He is subsequent resulting from seem at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on 14 July for trial.
The community of tunnels close to the London station was created in secret by protesters who object to the redevelopment of Euston Square Gardens as a part of the high-speed railway line.
They have been found on 26 January.
Maxey turned the fifth campaigner to depart the tunnels, after a 16-year-old boy left final Wednesday after 22 days underground.
There are believed to be simply two remaining protesters in the tunnel – veteran environmental campaigner Dan Hooper, referred to as Swampy, and 18-year-old Blue Sandford, daughter of Scottish landowner Roc Sandford.
HS2 will join London with the West Midlands, Leeds and Manchester, and is the most important infrastructure mission in Europe.
The purpose is to run 18 trains an hour in every course to and from London – at speeds of as much as 224mph – in comparison with between two and 6 an hour on Europe’s high-speed railways.