Trees activist given suspended sentence for flouting injunction

A protester who was found in contempt of court after breaching an injunction to prevent direct action against tree felling has been spared jail.

Calvin Payne was found in contempt last week at the High Court in Sheffield, following a Facebook post he wrote encouraging others to break the injunction.

It follows a long and bitter dispute between Sheffield City Council and protesters who have tried to stop the felling of hundreds of trees.

In his latest judgment, Mr Justice Stephen Males ruled that the 44-year-old also twice stepped inside the”safety zone” erected around some trees, which he was forbidden from entering.

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Sheffield tree campaigner sentenced for injunction breach

A campaigner has been given a suspended jail sentence for breaching an injunction banning people from taking action to prevent tree felling.

Calvin Payne, 44, was found in contempt of court for twice stepping inside “safety zones” erected around trees due to be cut down in Sheffield.

He was also found to have breached the order by inciting others on Facebook to break the injunction.

Mr Payne was sentenced to three months in prison suspended for a year.

He was also ordered to pay £16,000 in costs.

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