Crispin Aubrey dies aged 66

  • 30 September 2012
  • From the section UK

Long-time anti-nuclear activist Crispin Aubrey has died aged 66, a campaign group has announced.

The Stop Hinkley campaign said the journalist and author suffered a heart attack on Friday afternoon.

Mr Aubrey, from Somerset, had been due to speak next weekend at a protest against the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

He came to national prominence when he was arrested under the Official Secrets Act while at Time Out magazine in 1977.

The so-called ABC trial was named after the three defendants - Aubrey, former soldier John Berry and investigative journalist Duncan Campbell.

They were convicted on a lesser charge and given non-custodial sentences after appearing at the Old Bailey in 1978.

'Lead role'

Katherine Attwater, from the Stop Hinkley campaign, said: "Crispin's wife Sue, also part of the Stop Hinkley campaign, has bravely requested that the 'show must go on because it's what Crispin would have wanted'.

"The Aubreys were involved in the original protest against Hinkley C over 20 years ago.

"Crispin took a lead role in the public inquiry and co-ordinated the campaign which was heralded a success as the reactor was never built."

Mr Aubrey had a life-long career in journalism, starting at the Hampshire Chronicle.

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