Paul is the first climate activist in Britain to be imprisoned for his campaigning work.
Paul was arrested and imprisoned because he was banned from the entire Hoo peninsula (containing both the Camp for Climate Action and Kingsnorth power station) under bail conditions imposed after his participation in the Drax coal train occupation. On 13 June 2008, together with 28 others, Paul occupied and partially emptied a coal train heading for the Drax power station, the single largest emitter of CO2 in the UK, responsible for over 20 million tons of CO2 in 2005.
Along with four others, Paul signed a letter to the Guardian published the Saturday before Climate Camp, stating his intention to openly and publicly break the bail conditions by entering Climate Camp to discuss how to prevent climate chaos. While the other signatories were able to enter Climate Camp (through police incompetence, it appears), Paul was arrested at the gate at 4.30pm on Monday, and transported the next day to Wandsworth prison.
Paul is now under strict bail conditions, having to report to police daily and reside at his home address every night, for example, and he will be returning to Selby magistrates court next Monday 18 August along with the other coal train activists.
A supporter who was in court described the hearing today as a "close run thing", with the magistrates leaving the room for a worryingly long time before announcing Paul's release.
Not true - in the 90s, 4 people were jailed after breaking an injunction to stop them protesting at Twyford Down, the site of the first UK direct action road protest at the M3 in Hampshire. There was a mass injunction breaking on a lots-of-people site invasion. There was also 2 people jailed for somewhat longer after being found guilty of ecotage, to the site of road building works at the North Circular in London. Then there's been lots of people who've been jailed after refusing to pay fines resulting directly from arrests from climate and related protests.
http://www.spiritoffreedom.org.uk/ for people currently in jail to write to.