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

Matt Carr
By Matt Carr
Updated November 16 2021 - 4:37am, first published 1:59am
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".

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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.