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Dressing like polar bear isn't breach of peace

posted 23 Nov 2011, 19:17 by David Rintoul   [ updated 23 Nov 2011, 19:23 ]

A protester who stormed the offices of a major energy company dressed as a polar bear has been acquitted of a breach of the peace allegation.

Natasha Smith was found not guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday after Sheriff Roderick MacLeod ruled that prosecutors had not proved that she acted illegally.

Miss Smith, 24, of Bristol, was part of a group of more than 50 Greenpeace activists who raided Cairn Energy’s offices in Edinburgh’s Lothian Road in July.

The protesters occupied the firm’s property because they objected to Cairn’s plans to drill for oil off the coast of Greenland.