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M25 campaigner who stormed off GMB unmasked as man who glued self to court table

M25 campaigner Liam Norton – who appeared on Wednesday’s instalment of Good Moning Britain – was in court earlier this year

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The M25 campaigner who grabbed headlines for storming off GMB this morning has been unmasked as the same man who glued his hand to a table in a courtroom in May.

Liam Norton appeared on Wednesday’s instalment of Good Morning Britain and surprised the hosts and viewers when he strutted off the early morning show set mid-way through a debate about the M25 protests.

It has now come to light that climate activist Liam was due to go on trial with five other activists accused of disrupting the distribution of three and a half a million national papers after he and other activists blockaded the printworks in Waltham Cross in September 2020.

As a result of the blockade, several national newspapers were unable to leave the plant – which led to Liam and give other people going on trial at St Albans Magistrates court for their part in the disruption.



Liam Norton appeared on Wednesday’s instalment of Good Moning Britain
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He stormed off during the debate
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Shortly after the case had been called the court was thrown into disruption when Liam glued his hand to a table as part of a protest.

After sticking his hand down, Liam began shouting: “I would like to make clear what is going on in this court is obvious and complete criminality.”

He went on: “Judge, what you are doing is illegal.”

With the palm of his left hand on a table, he continued: “What we have seen over decades is organised criminality in this country and unfortunately the only thing to do, as I have showed, is contempt, as you have.”

With his free hand, he used his smartphone to then film inside the court as his eyes were hidden behind a mask.



Liam is a climate activist
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He then revealed to security staff who entered the courtroom that his flat hand on the table had been glued to the surface.

Liam then continued to rant against the government which led to his supporters in the public gallery cheering.

The judge then left courtroom and the gallery was cleared as security staff dealt with the situation.

The six were due to stand trial were alleged to have been part of an Extinction Rebellion protest which blockaded a newspaper print works preventing the distribution of three and a half million papers.

They were charged with obstructing the highway following the blockade and their actions stopped three and a half million papers leaving the plant that night.

Extinction Rebellion claimed at the time the demonstration was in response to the newspapers’ failure to report on the climate and ecological emergency.

Norton was subsequently banned from attending the trial and he and other the five other were later found guilty of the charge and given a conditional discharge.


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