In the early hours of a cold January morning, we found ourselves hidden away on BAE Systems’ Warton base. There was only a single security door separating us from a fleet of deadly fighter jets. We had managed to access the base by cutting through two fences, and had reached the aircraft hanger undetected.
We knew that the hanger housed BAE Systems’ Eurofighter Typhoon jets, some of which were bound for Saudi Arabia. We had hammers in hand, and were mere moments away from being able to disarm the aircraft. Suddenly, we were apprehended by security guards and taken away to a nearby police station.
Following a series of long interviews and meetings, we were charged with criminal damage. What followed was a gruelling nine-month legal battle, which finally ended yesterday when we were acquitted at the end of a three-day trial at Burnley Magistrates Court.
Motivated by our religious beliefs and our political principles, we stressed that we had never wanted to take the action in the first place. We had felt compelled to do so in order to prevent greater crimes.