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Protesters sentenced for conspiracy to damage property

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A group of protesters who caused over £1m worth of damage to a factory in Presteigne have been sentenced at Mold Crown Court.

Susan Bagshaw, Ruth Hogg, Morwenna Grey and Tristan Dixon attended Teledyne Labtech on 9 December 2022.

Windows were smashed to gain entry and paint was thrown and sprayed within the property, along with damage being caused to equipment.  There was also damage to the roof of the property caused with an angle saw. 

Ceri Evans of the CPS said: “These defendants targeted a business that makes circuit boards as a way of making a political statement.

“The incident has caused a great deal of distress for those who witnessed it and has disrupted the working lives of many people. 

“The strength of evidence presented by the CPS resulted in the jury ‘s guilty verdict in respect of Hogg, and the guilty pleas from the remaining defendants.”

The defendants were sentenced on 26 June 2023 as follows:

Susan Bagshaw, Morwenna Grey and Tristan Dixon were each sentenced to 23 months’ imprisonment.  Ruth Hogg was sentenced to 27 months’ imprisonment. 

Notes to editors

  • Ceri Evans is a District Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales.
  • Susan Bagshaw (DOB: 7/9/1967); Morwenna Grey (DOB: 4/12/1981) and Tristan Dixon (DOB: 12/8/1988) pleaded guilty to conspiracy to damage property, contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977 and section 1(1) of the Criminal Damage Act 1971.
  • Ruth Hogg (DOB: 1/5/1983) was convicted of the same offence following trial. 

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