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Mum banned from driving after using her Range Rover to move Insulate Britain protesters

In another victory for Insulate Britain which will only embolden the groups ambitions has seen hard working mum Sherrilyn Speid banned from driving.

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Sherrilyn of Grays, Essex, pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving when she appeared at Southend Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

She had been at the wheel of her black Range Rover Sport when she came across an Insulate Britain protest on October 13 2021.

Prosecutor Ashley Petchey said there were three protesters sitting across the road and queues of traffic had built up behind them. Speid got out of her vehicle and “remonstrated” with the demonstrators, the court heard.

In a video which was showed to the court, a woman is seen telling the protesters they must “move out of the way now” and “my son is 11, he needs to go to school and I need to go to work”.

Mr Petchey, of the dangerous driving count said: “It is not an excessive speed as the driver was using the brakes quite heavily. The Range Rover stops very close to the female protester. This dangerous driving meant that injury could have been caused.”

An assault charge against Speid, in which it was alleged that protester Bethany Mogie had been beaten, was dismissed, after the prosecution said it would produce no evidence.

The prosecution said it would ask for £310 in costs and a pre-sentence report was ordered.

Peter Hoche, chairman of the bench, unconditionally bailed Speid to next appear at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on May 6 for sentencing.

He also banned Speid from driving by issuing her with an interim driving disqualification.

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