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"Terrorist grannies" face trial

Helen John and Sylvia Boyes, both charged under the Serious Organised Crime Act for breaking into Menwith Hill, the US spy base in North Yorkshire, will go to trial on the from 9 to 11 January 2007.

The pair were arrested on 1 April 12006, as the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act (S128) came into force for additional designated sites - criminalising trespass at a number of military and nuclear facilities across Britain. Both women had visited the North Yorkshire spy base to illustrate the extent to which “anti terror” legislation is being used to stifle and criminalise legitimate peaceful protest.

Helen John will also face trial in Ipswich on 17 November. She was arrested and charged after trying to gain entry to Lakenheath (see above).