Eco protester ‘yelled at David Attenborough over climate change’

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A climate activist has been arrested after repeatedly trying to get into an upmarket seaside restaurant to speak to Sir David Attenboroughheard a district judge.

Body-worn police camera footage was shown to Poole Magistrates’ Court showing Emma Smart, 45, refusing to leave the shop beneath the Catch at The Old Fishmarket restaurant in Weymouth, Dorset, in November last year.

The district judge observed Friday as footage showed the restaurant manager explaining to two police officers that Smart demanded to speak to the veteran broadcaster, who was eating upstairs with his production team, and refused to leave the store.

After the two officers asked the accused to leave several times and discussed the situation with her, the two officers finally dragged the uncooperative Smart off the premises with the help of the restaurant owner. (01202 558833) Picture: Graham Hunt/BNPS Date: March 17, 2023. Ecologist Emma Smart arrives at Poole Magistrates Court in Dorset today, 17/3/23. She was arrested by Dorset Police on 21/12/22 for allegedly causing a disturbance and refusing to comply with officers after they asked her to leave Catch at the Old Fish Market restaurant in Weymouth, where they were reportedly staying meanwhile, with a letter to Sir David Attenborough, turned to Essen.

Ecologist Emma Smart is on trial after molesting David Attenborough at an upmarket seafood restaurant last year over climate change (Image: Graham Hunt/BNPS)

Outside, footage showed Smart continuing to yell at the restaurant from the sidewalk.

She yells, “David Attenborough, my name is Emma Smart. i am a scientist i am a biologist

“Please come and talk to me. Just five minutes.”

Smart continues: “David, I wrote you from prison. There are currently 35 climate activists in prison. Please stand up for us. Please support us.’

As she continues to yell toward the building, the defendant says, “I’ve looked up to you and listened to you my whole life.

“Please listen to me now.”

She says: “Our nature is in crisis. We run the risk of losing everything. You’re coming to arrest me. You can stop doing that.”

She was arrested at the scene after refusing to comply with the police officer's order (Image: PA/BNPS)

She was arrested at the scene after refusing to comply with the police officer’s order (Image: PA/BNPS)

Footage shows the officers eventually issuing Smart with a break-up order telling them to leave the city center.

Then they arrest her because she refused to comply.

Smart went on trial Friday on charges of failing to comply with a Section 35 order, which she denies.

She defended herself and questioned PC Callum Hall, whose body-worn camera footage was shown in court.

She asked the officer if he thought she was a threat to Sir David.

Pc Hall replied: “Possibly yes. You kept screaming and didn’t listen to what we said.

“I didn’t know what your intentions were.


Ms Smart was refused permission to call Sir David as a witness at an earlier hearing (Image: PA)

As she left the witness stand, Smart, of Rodwell Street, Weymouth, said to the officer: “I apologize. But actually, I’ll do it for you, too.”

She was refused permission to summon Sir David as a witness at a previous hearing.

Smart was sentenced to four months in prison in November 2021 after an Insulate Britain climate protest.

The trial will continue on Friday afternoon.

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