[12 SEP 00] CRIMES,
FIRES & ACCIDENTS
Former Student Faces
former Warwick University student has gone on trial for causing
criminal damage to a nuclear submarine in a peace protest.
James, aged 25, has pleaded not guilty, along with Rachel Wenham,
aged 28, of two charges of criminal damage.
Crown Court heard yesterday that they hung a banner saying
“women want peace” on the HMS
as it was berthed in
Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria in February last year.
then took a hammer to communications equipment, causing damage
running into thousands of pounds.
pair then painted slogans on the side of the submarine, saying
“peace, no more death” and “Hiroshima”.
then gave themselves up to security guards.
Watson, prosecuting, told the jury that the attack was a publicity
who now lives in London, was one of three members of a peace camp
set up to protest at Coventry firm Alvis’ involvement with
supplying military vehicles to the Indonesian government.
her final year at Warwick University she lived in a caravan
opposite the factory at Walsgrave triangle.
peace camp closed when the Alvis factory was shut down and some of
its workers transferred to Telford.
James and Wenham, who are members of the Trident Ploughshares
nuclear disarmament group, claim they are justified in their
actions under international law as they believe the nuclear
programme is illegal.