Two women kept in detention after UK jets sprayed in climate protest

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Two women accused of causing criminal damage were denied bail on Saturday after private jets were sprayed with orange paint at a London airport.

Two Just Stop Oil protestors pleaded not guilty to causing criminal damage valued at more than £52,000 ($65,700) when they appeared in court.

Jennifer Kowalski, 28, and Cole Macdonald, 22 were also charged with aggravated trespass and interfering with national infrastructure, police said in a statement. They denied all charges.

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The two were accused of breaking through a fence at Stansted airport, northeast of London, on Thursday and entering a private area.

Just Stop Oil said protestors had entered the airfield and used fire extinguishers filled with orange paint on Thursday.
The protest group claimed US pop star Taylor Swift’s private jet had landed at Stansted “hours earlier.”

But Essex Police said Swift’s jet was not at the airport at the time. The pop star is currently on tour in the UK.

The group said they were demanding that the government that takes over after a July 4 election legally commits to phasing out fossil fuels by 2030.

In a post on X, Just Stop Oil said that “Jennifer and Cole cut the fence into the private airfield at Stansted where @taylorswift13’s jet is parked, demanding an emergency treaty to end fossil fuels by 2030.”

Swift has been condemned by environmentalists for her use of private jets. In 2022, she headlined a list published by British sustainability marketing firm Yard of the “worst private jet CO2 emission offenders” among celebrities.

Prosecutors said the cleaning cost was £52,000, although the full damage to the fence was unknown, as well as the cost of funding extra security following the incident.

The protest came a day after activists sprayed an orange substance on Stonehenge, the prehistoric UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest England.

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