Eco protester is to have his case reviewed

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THe case of an environmental protester from Sheffield convicted of aggravated trespass over a power station plot is set to be reviewed.

David Barkshire, aged 44, of Rampton Road, Sharrow, was among more than 100 people arrested when police raided a school in Sneinton, Nottingham, in April 2009.

They planned to trespass at the nearby coal-fired Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station and shut it down for a week.

Barkshire, a cycle training instructor, was among 13 handed conditional discharges while five others were given community orders.

But a second trial involving six activists was dropped after undercover police officer Pc Mark Kennedy contacted the defence team to say he would be prepared to help them.

Pc Kennedy had infiltrated the green movement in 2000, and later drove a reconnaissance party to the power station in his van and hired a truck for the main protest.

The director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer, has now appointed a senior barrister to review the cases, including Barkshire’s.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is also investigating whether Nottinghamshire Police disclosed all material.