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British Grand Prix track invaders convicted over protest

The six protesters at the 2022 British Grand Prix have been convicted and will face sentencing at a later date.

Six 'Just Stop Oil' protesters who invaded the track at the 2022 British Grand Prix have been convicted of 'causing a public nuisance.' Five of the group ran onto the Wellington Straight on the opening lap of the race - which had already been red-flagged following Zhou Guanyu's high-speed, fence-hopping accident at the start. Another protester was later found on the grounds of the Northamptonshire circuit with the group calling for an end to oil and gas projects amid global warming. All six had denied the charges, but were found guilty of 'causing a public nuisance' with risks presented to drivers, fans, marshals and themselves. The group, made up of four men and two women aged between 22 and 47 all denied the charge, but will be sentenced on March 31st at Northampton Crown Court - with custodial sentences possible. Just Stop Oil have also protested at other high profile sporting events, including a Premier League match between Everton and Newcastle United in 2022 where a member of the organisation tied himself to a goalpost. Other actions have included climbing on bridges and overhead motorway gantries as well as throwing soup over a Vincent van Gogh painting in London's National Gallery, although it was undamaged as a glass pane protected the artwork.

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