Polly Westlake, 42, buildings conservator from West London
Polly was arrested on 14th September 2020 while sitting in the road at Parliament Square and refusing to move on the first day of 2020 September Rebellion. She was charged under Section 14 of the Public Order Act and pleaded guilty on 16th April 2021 at City of London Magistrates’ Court. She was given a six month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £107 court costs.
She was also arrested during the 2019 October Rebellion while mixing food colouring to be added to the water in the fountain at Trafalgar Square. She was arrested for conspiracy to commit criminal damage but released without charge.
“I wanted to go to court to read my statement about why I feel that non-violent direct action is essential in the face of catastrophic climate change and ecological emergency. I want to use any platform available to amplify the thousands of other voices warning of imminent disaster if we don’t act now. I hope that we can make our message loud enough so that it can no longer be ignored.”
Polly with fellow defendants Emma Powell (left) and Stefania Morosi (right)
Photo credits: Helena Smith