Media Zoo anti-fracking demonstrators plead guilty in court

Five anti-fracking demonstrators who forced their way into the offices of Media Zoo PR last year have pleaded guilty to aggravated trespass at Hammersmith Magistrates Court.

Protest: Anti-fracking demonstrators arrested at Media Zoo offices last year
Protest: Anti-fracking demonstrators arrested at Media Zoo offices last year

The demonstrators, who reportedly forced their way past Media Zoo staff to gain access to the offices in Imperial Wharf during a protest in June, were from environmental group Reclaim the Power.

The five – Alexander Biancardi, James Farndon, John Simmonds, Laurie Whittaker and Jacob Wright – entered guilty pleas yesterday (17 February). PRWeek was unable to confirm with the court when they would be sentenced.

Media Zoo represents chemicals company Ineos. The PR agency managed media relations for Ineos during an industrial dispute last year over cost cuts in order to keep open its Grangemouth refinery in Scotland.

Rachel Pendered, Media Zoo’s managing director, said: "This was an unpleasant incident that upset a number of our staff. We are a friendly, law-abiding company and to be targeted and intimidated in this way is completely unacceptable."

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