Newcastle coal train protesters could face 25 years in prison, NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller warns

Matt Carr
Updated November 16 2021 - 3:37pm, first published 12:59pm
CHARGED ISSUE: Climate protesters abseiling off a rail bridge on Friday. Police have arrested 18 people since November 5, charging against two women with extra offences for their role in separate protests carried out on Monday. Picture: Blockade Australia
CHARGED ISSUE: Climate protesters abseiling off a rail bridge on Friday. Police have arrested 18 people since November 5, charging against two women with extra offences for their role in separate protests carried out on Monday. Picture: Blockade Australia

PROTESTERS accused of obstructing Newcastle coal trains are facing a charge carrying a maximum penalty of 25 years behind bars, but activists say they will not be dissuaded from non-violent action by "draconian overreach".

Matt Carr

Matt Carr

Newcastle Herald deputy editor

Matt began his Newcastle Herald career as a cadet in 2009. He is a Walkley nominated reporter who has covered councils, police and general news rounds across the Upper Hunter, Port Stephens, Maitland, Lake Macquarie, Cessnock and Newcastle. Now his focus is on digital storytelling and breaking news.

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