Just Stop Oil activists accused of damaging planes at Stansted Airport are named

Two women will appear in court on Saturday (June 22) after private jets were sprayed with orange paint at Stansted Airport. Essex Police said that more than £5,000 of damage had been caused in the incident.

Jennifer Kowalski, 28, of Dumbarton, and Cole Macdonald, 22, of Brighton, will appear at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court. They have been charged with criminal damage, aggravated trespass and interfering with national infrastructure.

Environmental group Just Stop Oil said activists had entered the airfield and used fire extinguishers filled with orange paint on Thursday (June 20). In a post on X, the group said two activists had "cut the fence into the private airfield at Stansted where taylorswift13's jet is parked, demanding an emergency treaty to end fossil fuels by 2030".

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Essex Police said the force arrested two people on Thursday morning after they gained access to a private area of an airfield and were "causing damage to two aircraft". They confirmed the private jet of pop star Taylor Swift was not at the airport.

Chief Superintendent Simon Anslow said: "I would like to reassure passengers and the wider public that we are well prepared and resourced to deal with incidents of this nature. Almost immediately after we were made aware of this incident, which took place away from the main passenger terminal, we were on the scene.

"We maintain a constant presence at the airport and this presence will be heightened over the summer period. We have a good working relationship with Stansted Airport to ensure you can go about your travels with minimal impact. We are not anti-protest but we will always take action where criminal acts take place."

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