When fifty-six Plane Stupid campaigners were arrested in December 2008 for breaching the perimeter fence at Stansted airport to protest against plans to build a second runway, much of the resulting press attention focused on twenty-year-old Olivia Chessell. After all, it wasn’t the first time she had got herself arrested. In February 2008, she was among five protesters from the same group who scaled the roof of Parliament and spent three hours fielding live broadcast interviews before finally being arrested.

On both occasions she avoided prison, instead receiving a community service order and ...


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