A CLIMATE change activist from Salisbury has been found guilty of conspiracy to commit aggravated trespass.

Adam Waymouth, 26, of Meadow Court, Whiteparish, was part of a group of 20 activists from all over the country who were found guilty at Nottingham Crown Court last Tuesday.

The group were among more than 100 people arrested on April 13 last year when police raided the Iona School in Sneinton, Nottingham. They had planned to trespass at the coal-fired Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station in Nottinghamshire, the UK’s second largest power station, and shut it down for a week.

They argued that their invasion of the power station was a necessary step to get their point across but prosecuting Felicity Gerry said it was “more fun” than other more democratic means of protest.

Defending, Edward Rees QC said figures from the EU Environment Agency showed the power station produced almost ten million tonnes of CO2 in 2008. He said there was no dispute that it was an organised plan to close down production but it was not a “jolly”, it was a serious attempt to stop the plant’s carbon emissions.