Insulate Britain priest, 79, tells High Court she'll continue roadblocking protests if she's not put in jail

Rev Parfitt, from Bristol, told the judge: 'If you leave me at liberty, I shall continue to protest in whatever way most dramatically draws attention to the plight we are all in'

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A priest who took part in protests with Insulate Britain has told the High Court she will keep blocking roads in protests if she is not put behind bars - as she and other activists face sentencing today.

Seven members of the climate action group appeared at the High Court where they admitted breaking court injunctions - but said they were compelled to act to highlight Britain's 'leaky homes'.

Rev Sue Parfitt (front right), 79, from Christian Climate Action
Rev Sue Parfitt (front right), 79, from Christian Climate Action

They face possible jail sentences when Lord Justice Dingemans hands down his judgment today.

Rev Sue Parfitt, 79, from Bristol, drew applause from members of the public inside the Royal Courts of Justice when she addressed the judge about her determination to continue protesting if she is not jailed.

Rev Parfitt, from Bristol, told the judge: 'Wasn't it worth me sitting on the motorways to flag (our) message, and to interrupt people's lives for an hour or so, in order to protect our children?

'It is of no consequence to me what you do with me today.

'If you leave me at liberty, I shall continue to protest in whatever way most dramatically draws attention to the plight we are all in – whether that involves breaking the law or not.'

The seven members of the climate action group appeared at the High Court having been accused of breaking court injunctions.

The protesters, who have a combined age of 428 and include an elderly Anglican priest, admitted the allegations but said they were compelled to act to highlight Britain’s so-called “leaky homes”.