Two in court over 'Freedom Rider' Sheffield train protest

Freedom Riders protest at Sheffield train station About 60 Freedom Riders protested at Sheffield train station, campaigning for free travel for the elderly to be restored in South Yorkshire

Two men charged with obstructing police following a protest by pensioners at a railway station have appeared in court.

George Arthur and Anthony Nuttall, both 64, were granted unconditional bail at Sheffield Magistrates' Court earlier.

Mr Arthur, of Church Street, Barnsley, and Mr Nuttall, of Honeywell Grove, Barnsley, are both charged with obstructing a police officer.

Both will appear in court again on 21 October. A trial date was set for 8 December.

Mr Arthur is also charged with fare evasion.

The pair are understood to be involved with the Freedom Riders group, which wants free travel for the elderly to be restored in South Yorkshire.

They were arrested following a protest at Sheffield railway station on 23 June.

More than 150 Freedom Riders and supporters from the Unite, NUT and NUM unions staged a rally outside the court.

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