British Grand Prix: Six charged after F1 Silverstone track invasion

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Protesters at the British Grand Prix on SundayImage source, Helena Hicks
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Protesters invaded the Silverstone track at the beginning of the Formula 1 British Grand Prix

Six people have been charged following a track invasion at the beginning of the British Grand Prix.

Protesters got on to the Wellington Straight, the fastest point of the Silverstone track on Sunday, before sitting down during the opening lap.

The group is understood to be from climate activists Just Stop Oil, which had tweeted demanding the government "stop all new fossil fuel licensing".

All six appeared at Northampton Magistrates' Court earlier.

Northamptonshire Police said David Baldwin, 46, of Stonesfield, Witney, Oxfordshire, Emily Brocklebank, 24, of Yeadon, Leeds, Alasdair Gibson, 21, of Aberdeen, Louis McKechnie, 21, of London, Bethany Mogie, 40, of St Albans, Hertfordshire, and Joshua Smith, 28, of Manchester, have all been charged with conspiracy to cause public nuisance.

A 43-year-old man also arrested in connection with the incident has been released under investigation.

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