Police charge woman after rail line protest in Sandgate

A woman has been charged following protest activity in Newcastle this morning.

About 7.30am (Monday 18 October 2021), officers from Newcastle City Police District were called to the rail corridor near Mangrove Road, Sandgate, following reports of several protestors blocking the rail line.

Upon arrival, the group dispersed, with police speaking with a 20-year-old woman who had climbed on top of a loaded coal train.

With assistance from negotiators, Police Rescue and Police Transport Command officers, the woman was safely removed from the location and arrested about 10.40am.

The woman from Hamilton was taken to Newcastle Police Station and charged with enter prescribed premises of any person without lawful excuse, cause/attempt to cause train or tram in motion to be stopped and cause obstruction to railway locomotive or rolling stock.

She was granted conditional bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court on Thursday 11 November 2021.

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