Blind Extinction Rebellion protester who superglued himself to British Airways plane is FREED from prison as judges decide on his appeal

James Brown, 57, was jailed for 12 months but today released pending an appealHe superglued his right hand to a British Airways plane at London City AirportHe was found guilty of causing a public nuisance following the incident in 2019He appealed the conviction and sentence at a Court of Appeal hearing in LondonHe has been released on bail while judges make a decision on his appeal 

A former Paralympic athlete who was jailed after supergluing himself to the roof of a British Airways plane during an Extinction Rebellion protest has been released from jail while judges decide on his appeal.

Activist James Brown, 57, from Exeter, Devon, was jailed for 12 months by a judge at Southwark Crown Court in September after being convicted of causing a public nuisance at an earlier trial.

The partially sighted cyclist, who represented Great Britain and later Ireland before he was banned from athletics in 2016 for a doping violation, climbed onto the plane at London City Airport on the morning of October 10, 2019.  

Lawyers representing Brown today challenged his conviction and sentence at a Court of Appeal hearing in London.

They said there had been no reason to charge Brown with causing a public nuisance, questioned the proportionality of the decision to bring the charge, and said he could have been charged with aggravated trespass. 

Activist James Brown, 57, from Exeter, Devon, was jailed for 12 months by a judge at Southwark Crown Court in September after being convicted of causing a public nuisance at an earlier trial

Activist James Brown, 57, from Exeter, Devon, was jailed for 12 months by a judge at Southwark Crown Court in September after being convicted of causing a public nuisance at an earlier trial

The partially-sighted cyclist, who represented Great Britain and later Ireland before he was banned from athletics in 2016 for a doping violation, climbed onto the plane at London City Airport on the morning of October 10, 2019

The partially-sighted cyclist, who represented Great Britain and later Ireland before he was banned from athletics in 2016 for a doping violation, climbed onto the plane at London City Airport on the morning of October 10, 2019

Brown’s lawyers also told appeal judges that custody was not justified on the facts of the case.

They said the 12-month term was ‘manifestly disproportionate’ and said he was suffering ‘unique hardship’ in prison because of his disability.

Three appeal judges, Lord Burnett – the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Justice Singh and Mr Justice Goss, said they would deliver a ruling on the appeal on a date to be fixed.

But they said Brown, who attended the appeal hearing via a video link from prison, could be released on bail pending the delivery of their ruling.

Judges imposed a bail condition that bars Brown from entering any airport where commercial flights operate.

Judge Gregory Perrins, who had jailed Brown, said when passing sentence that Brown had ‘cynically used’ his disability and put his ‘own life at risk’ to carry out the stunt.

The double gold medalist climbed onto the plane, which was destined for Amsterdam, before gluing his right hand to the aircraft and wedging his mobile phone in the door to prevent it from closing.

Northern Ireland-born Brown, who represented Great Britain in cycling and athletics before going on to represent Ireland in cross-country skiing, livestreamed the protest until he was removed after an hour.

Southwark Crown Court heard 337 passengers had their flights cancelled, missing birthday celebrations, important business meetings and family events, with the disruption costing the airline around £40,000.

Brown climbed onto the plane as part of an Extinction Rebellion protest in October 2019. Today, after being released from prison on bail, he said he was 'thrilled' and 'relieved'

Brown climbed onto the plane as part of an Extinction Rebellion protest in October 2019. Today, after being released from prison on bail, he said he was ‘thrilled’ and ‘relieved’


Brown, who represented himself at his trial, denied one count of causing a public nuisance, claiming he had ‘to do something spectacular’ to draw attention to the climate crisis.

But he was found guilty in July after a jury deliberated for less than an hour.

Judge Perrins had told Brown: ‘It is important that those who are tempted to seriously disrupt the lives of ordinary members of the public in the way that you did and then seek to justify it in the name of protest understand that they will face serious consequences.

‘There is a clear dividing line between legitimate protest and deliberate offending, and you knowingly crossed it.’

After the appeal hearing, Brown said, in a telephone conversation with the PA news agency from Wandsworth prison: ‘I am thrilled, I am relieved, I am excited to be going home.

‘And I am tired. It’s been a hard slog.

‘I’m looking forward to the ruling with interest.

‘I have not changed my mind about the absolute need to protest.

‘I cannot see what else is going to bring about change.

‘All the gains we have made throughout history have come about through peaceful protest.’

‘I think further protest will be necessary.’

James Brown is seen clinging to the fuselage of the plane at City Airport in a video that was streamed online by Extinction Rebellion

James Brown is seen clinging to the fuselage of the plane at City Airport in a video that was streamed online by Extinction Rebellion


Brown’s daughter, Alice Brown, 27, from Stroud, Gloucestershire, said after the ruling: ‘I am delighted.

‘I am not exactly sure what it means in terms of the appeal judgment. But the inescapable stresses he has been under in prison – they are over now.”

‘I was amazed by the sentence – and I wasn’t. I was amazed because it was a necessary protest. But I feel this is the way we are heading with this Government.’ 

News Related

OTHER NEWS

Katie Price, 43, visits a fertility clinic with fiancé Carl Woods after insisting she isn't pregnant but intends to have a baby this year - as it's revealed that they have now BOTH joined OnlyFans

Katie Price has been pictured enterting a fertility clinic with her fiancé Carl Woods after revealing their plans to have a baby together this year. During a press conference on Wednesday, the ... Read more »

All-inclusive holiday booze warning: Binge-drinking crackdown at Mallorca and Ibiza party resorts limits Brits to just SIX drinks for the WHOLE day - and only three at lunch or dinner

EasyJet informing passengers of rule change when they try to book all-inclusiveOther tough new rules ban pub crawls, two-for-one offers and happy hoursThe islands' regional government wants to crack down on 'uncivic' behaviour   Read more »

NHS officials 'took £70,000 bribes from drugs companies to recommend their medicines to GPs'

Paul Jerram and Dr David Turned allegedly acted as paid influencers, court toldThey're accused of promoting prescription drugs in exchange for paymentsPair allegedly paid by Noel Staunton, who represented pharmaceutical firmsCourt told 'integrity' of NHS doctors breached by 'corrupt' Isle of Wight schemePharmacist Cathal Daly is also part of the group on trial for bribery charges  Read more »

BBC presenter Ashley John-Baptiste who grew up in foster care from the age of two reveals long lost brother reached out on Facebook after 20 YEARS of thinking he was an only child

Ashley John-Baptiste, 32, from London, went into foster care at the age of twoHe discovered he had four siblings after one of his brothers reached out online Even one of Ashley's social workers, Roselyn, had no idea he had any siblings  Former X-Factor contestant explored siblings in care for new BBC documentary  Read more »

Now that's a high society party! Prince Harry's old pal Jacobi Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe, chocolate heiress Jemima Cadbury and Lady Tatiana Mountbatten lead the glamour at members' club Annabel's in London

Well-heeled partygoers attended a swanky event at members' club Annabel'sChocolate heiress Jemima Cadbury and Lady Tatiana Mountbatten lead glamourThey attended the glitzy inaugural Under 35s Committee Dinner and After Party  Read more »

Video: BBC presenter Ashley John-Baptiste who grew up in foster care from the age of two reveals long lost brother reached out on Facebook after 20 YEARS of thinking he was an only child

Read more »

QR code are SCRAPPED for retail check-in in one state - as NSW minister is forced to defend WHY most Australians are still being told to check in despite Omicron being everywhere

South Australia scraps QR code check-in requirements for retails settings The technology is still mandatory in hospitality, aged and healthcare facilitiesNSW politicians fended off awkward questions about NSW QR code system Freely admit they're only imposing QR codes to make people feel confident  Read more »

Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber showcase their runway figures in crop tops and leggings at Pilates... after starring in new BOSS campaign

They both starred in the new BOSS campaign. And Kendall Jenner, 26, and Hailey Bieber, 25, showcased their runway physiques as they hit up a hot Pilates class together in West ... Read more »

Addison Rae sports a body-hugging little black dress while heading to Craig's in West Hollywood

She has become well known for showing off her sense of style in her various TikTok videos. And on Thursday evening, Addison Rae was every bit the well-dressed social media ... Read more »

Jamie Dornan jokes he's been in a 'perpetual state of drag for 39 years' after growing up with sisters and welcoming three daughters with wife Amelia Warner

Jamie Dornan appeared on Friday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote the coming of age comedy-drama Belfast, which hit theaters late last year. At the top of the ... Read more »

'She's very much The Scarlet Letter': Lady Gaga says she is fascinated by 'harlot' Mary Magdalene and wants to play her - as the braless star poses for sizzling shoot in blazer and boots

She has just played House Of Gucci’s scheming Black Widow. And Lady Gaga has revealed she has already set her sights on another iconic role – the Bible’s Mary Magdalene – ... Read more »

The Block's Shaynna Blaze is finally pictured alongside her COVID expert doppelgänger Professor Sharon Lewin - after fans mistook the women for the same person

They’ve set the internet ablaze over the past few months due to their striking resemblance. And on Thursday, The Block’s Shaynna Blaze and her COVID expert doppelgänger Professor Sharon Lewin were ... Read more »

Rihanna drapes herself in vintage Prada fox fur scarf as she holds hands with boyfriend ASAP Rocky after a dinner date at Pastis in New York City

Rihanna was spotted holding hands with her boyfriend ASAP Rocky on a late night dinner date in New York City. The 33-year-old singer and her 33-year-old boyfriend  arrived for dinner ... Read more »

Megan McKenna displays her jaw-dropping figure in orange bikini and plunging green dress as she shares rare snap of boyfriend Josh Riley

She is currently enjoying a luxury break in the Maldives with her new boyfriend. And Megan McKenna took to Instagram to send temperatures soaring with her latest photo dump from ... Read more »

INXS guitarist Tim Farriss 'very disappointed' after losing court case over finger severed in a boating accident which he said left him 'depressed' and unable to tour

Tim Farriss has lost his court case, after suing a boating company over the loss of his finger during a sailing accident.  The INXS guitarist, 64, had sued the owners of ... Read more »

Lucy Hale shows off her gym-honed figure in a black vest top and gym leggings as she steps out for a hike in Los Angeles

Lucy Hale opted for comfort as she stepped out for a hike in Los Angeles on Thursday. The 32-year-old actress showed off her toned figure in a black vest top and ... Read more »

Ralf Rangnick is 'willing to let four Manchester United players including Jesse Lingard and Donny van de Beek leave following the emergence of academy graduate Anthony Elanga'

Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick could let four players leave this monthRangnick has been impressed with Anthony Elanga's, 19, recent performancesElanga has made five Premier League appearances under the German managerHe made the starting XI for three of those outings and scored against BrentfordAs a result, the Manchester United manager is ready to show his faith in Elanga Read more »

Nick Kyrgios' many contradictions make him a wonder to watch

Nick Kyrgios celebrates during his men’s doubles semi-final match with Thanasi Kokkinakis (Getty) There have been countless shots at this year’s Australian Open that seem to stretch beyond the realms ... Read more »

UK firms and organisations are warned to boost cyber defences after Russian hackers are accused of carrying out ‘malicious' attacks in Ukraine

NCSC director of operations, Paul Chichester warned a cyber attack could strikeHe said there was no intel on current threats but he said security should go upIt comes after Ukraine was hit by a malicious cyber attack blamed on RussiaRussian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman has denied country was culprit Read more »

Worried about that expensive gym contract you're already not using? Trim yourself AND your budget with these cheaper ways to get fit instead

Fitness apps are in abundance and tend to undercut gym membership feesUsing gift cards is a a cheap way to avoid being locked into long contractsOutdoor gyms are free - there's apps to help find them and track your fitness Read more »

Do YOU suffer from 'app fog'? One in four people struggle to keep up with friends because they are using too many apps, study warns

A YouGov study found that one in four people suffer from 'app fog'App fog is caused by confusion when using multiple apps to message friends Young people's relationships more affected by app fog than older generations Read more »

Nearly HALF of Londoners think Sadiq Khan is doing a bad job: Labour mayor suffers severe slump with his approval rating now in negative territory for first time since taking office in 2016

Just 38 per cent of Londoners think Sadiq Khan is doing a good job as mayorMeanwhile, more than a quarter of respondents said he was doing 'very badly'The sobering YouGov poll was conducted between January 7 and 10It shows Labour 2019 voters disapprove of his handling of housing and crime  Read more »

Drag Race UK star Cherry Valentine reveals they were forced out of the gypsy community aged 18 after being 'spat on' and bullied with homophobic slurs

George Ward, 28, grew up as part of Romany Traveller community in DarlingtonMental health nurse returned to their hometown filming BBC Three documentaryDrag star left the Traveller community aged 18 after coming out to parents as gaySays parents initially refused to talk about sexuality but have come to accept it  Read more »

Pod of dolphins leap out of the turquoise sea off Cornwall in stunning drone footage

The pod of dolphins was spotted frolicking near the coast at Port Minster, St IvesVideographer Ricky Vitulli, 53, said the cetaceans looked like 'dancing fairies'He captured the stunning drone footage on January 21 after tip-off from his wifeOnly days earlier on January 18 a pod of nearly 300 dolphins was seen at St Ives  Read more »

Teenager, 18, will appear in court today charged with racially aggravated ABH after two Jewish shop owners were attacked on London street

Officers were called at 9.50pm on Wednesday to reports of two men assaulted Two Jewish shop owners were assaulted in Cadoxton Avenue, HaringeyMalaki Thorpe will appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court to face chargesHe has also been charged with one count of possession of an offensive weapon  Read more »

South American linesmen are forced to use florescent COATS tied to cut-off broom handles after leaving their flags for Chile's World Cup qualifier against Argentina back at their hotel

Argentina beat Chile 2-1 in Calama in their latest World Cup qualifier on ThursdayBut the linesmen had to improvise after leaving their flags back at their hotelThe pair of Brazilian officials used florescent jackets on cut-off broom handlesAngel Di Maria and Lautaro Martinez scored as Argentina's fine form continued Read more »

The £83MILLION 15-year-old! South American champions Palmeiras line up putting a huge release clause into the contract of Brazil's next big thing, teen striker Endrick, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool and Man City all keen on him

Palmeiras want to hand Endrick a professional contract when he turns 16 in JulyThe young striker has already been tipped to be the future of Brazilian football The 15-year-old impressed in the recent Copinha de Sao Paulo, scoring six European sides are reportedly interested but he can't move until he turns 18  Read more »

Video: Pod of dolphins leap out of the turquoise sea off Cornwall in stunning drone footage

Read more »

Video: Biden warns Ukraine's President Zelensky to prepare for invasion: Russia will be ready to mount a complete take-over in TWO WEEKS and could move in on Kiev using Belarus wargames as cover, western allies fear

Read more »

Alabama executes disabled man, 44, by lethal injection after Supreme Court REJECTS claims state did not help convicted killer with 'language skills of a 4-year-old' to understand paperwork allowing him to die by a less 'tortuous' nitrogen hypoxia

Death Row inmate Matthew Reeves was executed at Holman Prison, Alabama He was convicted of capital murder of taxi driver Willie Johnson in Selma in 1996 Defence lawyers claimed Reeves had an 'intellectual disability', meaning he did not understand forms he was asked to fill out regarding his execution optionsSupreme Court ruled he had proper counsel and allowed execution to proceed  Read more »

Jason Momoa pictured looking disheveled while 'living in $750k camper van in friend's front yard' after shock split from wife Lisa Bonet

Jason Momoa is living in his camper van parked at a friend’s Los Angeles house after announcing his shock divorce from wife Lisa Bonet this month. The Aquaman star, 42, ... Read more »

Dylan Alcott slams the RIDICULOUS prize money gap between wheelchair tennis and able-bodied Australian Open tournaments - so why ARE organisers keeping the reward for handicapped players a secret?

He said wheelchair winners are paid half of first round able-bodied playersIn 2019, total prize was $200,000 for all Australian Open wheelchair eventsWinner of men's and women's singles tournament will take home $2.875million Alcott said disabled players used to get a 'handshake and a cold Powerade'  Read more »

Video: 'This has to be a joke': Kourtney Kardashian is accused of 'embarrassing' photoshop fail as she poses in racy leopard print for Instagram snap 

Read more »

Cruz the muse returns in romance framed by a civil war: BRIAN VINER reviews Parallel Mothers

Parallel Mothers (15, 123 mins) Verdict: Cruz control  Rating: Flag Day (15, 108 mins) Verdict: A full set of Penns Rating: The titles of foreign-language films often sound better in the ... Read more »

BAZ BAMIGBOYE: Javier Bardem's very close encounter with Nicole Kidman

Bond baddie Javier Bardem has revealed that for years, he half-feared he might be banned from the UK — because he killed Judi Dench’s M in the 007 film Skyfall. ... Read more »

US court clears British banker of Libor rigging: Judge overturns interest rate-fixing convictions of two Deutsche Bank traders in America - but act remains criminal offence in UK

Gavin Black and Michael Connolly were convicted of conspiracy and wire fraud   But New York judges have quashed their convictions, based on handful of emailsRuling could end Libor prosecutions in US and aid appeals ongoing in Britain Deutsche Bank already payed out $775 million for its role in fixing the Libor rate   Read more »

Women risk 'missing career opportunities' by WFH, warns one of UK's top female bosses: Mothers are more likely to stay at home because it's 'easier for childcare' - as data shows just one in 10 women plan return to office

More men than women in London never want to WFH, while one in ten UK women who are WFH plan to returnAviva chief executive Amanda Blanc says she fears WFH women will miss out on promotions in their firmsLeading psychology expert Sir Cary Cooper says many WFH women find it easier for family life and childcareWorking from home guidance was lifted on Wednesday last week having been in place since December 13  Read more »

BAZ BAMIGBOYE: I dug deep into the make-up box to play Tammy the tragic TV star, says Jessica Chastain

As a child, Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain thought larger-than-life televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker was a silly woman with over-sized eyelashes. But now she is playing her in a new film ... Read more »

After warning that spin classes can lead to women's incontinence, expert reveals the other everyday activities putting YOU at risk - including sitting for long periods and too much caffeine

British intimacy expert Stephanie Taylor, says activities that cause incontinenceSmoking and heavy lifting are among the causes of the bladder control issue But sitting for too long and drinking too much coffee also can make things worse  Read more »

'Diaz Jota Salah.. One word lethal': Liverpool fans are 'buzzing' over the potential signing of Luis Diaz and claim the winger's arrival at Anfield will blow open the title race while Spurs fans slam 'disgraceful' Daniel Levy for 'fumbling' ANOTHER deal

Liverpool fans have expressed their delight at the potential signing of Luis DiazOne fan said that Liverpool would become 'lethal' if they landed Diaz's signatureAnother claimed the title race would be 'well and truly on' with Diaz in the mixMeanwhile, Tottenham fans shared their disappointment about losing outOne fan said he couldn't believe Spurs fumbled signing Adama Traore and DiazAnother said Tottenham were only good as showing other club who to buy  Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic