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Activist locked to coal train in third Newcastle port protest this week

FOR the third time this week protesters shut the coal line at Sandgate.

A young Frontline Action on Coal activist, identified only as Ceder, locked on to the side of a coal train stopping all rail into Newcastle Port.

About 6.45am Friday police were called to the rail corridor. It took the work of Police Rescue and the Bomb Disposal Unit to remove the woman

The 18-year-old was uninjured during the incident and arrested at the scene.

She was taken to Newcastle Police Station and charged with enter enclosed lands, obstruct a railway, and not to interfere with train.

The woman was granted conditional bail and is expected to appear in Newcastle Local Court on October 4.

“I’m scared, I want a future, I want to be able to live in this world and not face the effects of polluted air, polluted water, eat food and eventually have kids of my own some day that can experience the beauty in this world, not live in a toxic wasteland,” a statement from Ceder read.

On Wednesday a Newcastle teenager suspended himself from a 10-metre tripod at the same location.

Officers attended and arrested a 22-year-old man and the 17-year-old boy.

The man was charged with enter inclosed lands interferes with, or attempts or intends to interfere with, the conduct of the business or undertaking and cause obstruction to railway locomotive or rolling stock.

He was granted conditional bail and is due to appear at Newcastle Local Court on Thursday September 27.

The teenager was charged with enter enclosed lands interferes with, or attempts or intends to interfere with, the conduct of the business or undertaking, enter enclosed land or not prescribed premises without lawful excuse and cause obstruction to railway locomotive or rolling stock.

He was granted conditional bail and is due to appear at a children’s court on Monday September 24.

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