Activists charged with criminal damage for attempting to break glass containing Magna Carta

Courtesy Just Stop Oil

On 10 May, Just Stop Oil members Reverend Sue Parfitt, 82, from Bristol, and Judith Bruce, 85, from Swansea took a hammer and chisel to the glass vitrine that houses the Magna Carta at the British Library in London. The library’s security team were able to intervene before any extensive damage could be done to the case.

Parfitt and Bruce have been bailed and must appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 20 June. However, a Just Stop Oil spokesperson told The Art Newspaper that the group ‘wouldn’t have the resources to assist in that way sadly’. They continue, ‘there are external orgs that can provide some help if people end up in prison for example and need assistance covering living expenses for a time, but obviously resources are limited’.

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