Green Party Councillor and Thanet South Election Candidate, Ian Driver, appeared in Margate Magistrates Court today charged with assault and entry into a restricted port facility contrary to section 11a of the ship and port and facility (security) regulations Act 2004. He pleaded not guilty and was unconditionally bailed until 25th February when there will be a 2 day hearing into the allegations.
The charges against Driver relate to an anti-live animal exports demonstration he attended at the Port of Ramsgate in May 2014. Driver has been campaigning against the cruel and brutal shipment of live of farm animals for slaughter in Europe for over 3 years. He said “I will vigorously contest the charges against and will continue to campaign against the barbarous treatment of animals by the exporters. This awful trade must be stopped”.
Two other protestors, Rob Bridger and Christine Smith were conditionally charged for obstructing the road during anti-live animal exports demonstrations at Ramsgate in September.