Mum banned from driving after admitting using her Range Rover to move Insulate Britain protester

Sherrilyn Speid outside Southend Magistrates' Court, she pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at a Insulate Britain protest on October 13, 2021. Picture date: Monday March 28, 2022.
Sherrilyn Speid outside Southend Magistrates' Court, she pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at a Insulate Britain protest on October 13, 2021. Picture date: Monday March 28, 2022.

Sherrilyn Speid pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving after using her car to move Insulate Britain protesters on the school run

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A mum has admitted using her Range Rover to try to move an Insulate Britain protester who was blocking the road while she was on the school run.

Sherrilyn Speid, 35, of Grays, Essex, pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving when she appeared at Southend Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

She had been at the wheel of her black Range Rover Sport when she came across an Insulate Britain protest in Grays at about 8.30am on October 13 2021.

The scene was caught on camera by a passer-by and heavily-bleeped footage was shown in court.

Sherrilyn Speid outside Southend Magistrates' Court, she pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at a Insulate Britain protest on October 13, 2021. Picture date: Monday March 28, 2022.
Sherrilyn Speid outside Southend Magistrates' Court, she pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at a Insulate Britain protest on October 13, 2021. Picture date: Monday March 28, 2022.

Prosecutor Ashley Petchey said there were three protesters sitting across the road and queues of traffic had built up behind them.

Speid got out of her vehicle and “remonstrated” with the demonstrators, the court heard.

Sherrilyn Speid outside Southend Magistrates' Court, she pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at a Insulate Britain protest on October 13, 2021. Picture date: Monday March 28, 2022.
Sherrilyn Speid outside Southend Magistrates' Court, she pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at a Insulate Britain protest on October 13, 2021. Picture date: Monday March 28, 2022.

A woman is seen telling the protesters they must “move out of the way now” and “my son needs to go to school and I need to go to work”.

She also says: “My son is 11 and he needs to go to school.”

Of the dangerous driving count, Mr Petchey said: “It is not an excessive speed as the driver was using the brakes quite heavily.

“This is done on two occasions.

“The Range Rover stops very close to the female protester.”

Mr Petchey said the dangerous driving meant that injury could have been caused.

He said: “Clearly this was an incident where there was a risk, even if no injury was caused.”

An assault charge against Speid, in which it was alleged that protester Bethany Mogie had been beaten, was dismissed, after the prosecution said it would produce no evidence.

The prosecution said it would ask for £310 in costs and a pre-sentence report was ordered.

Peter Hoche, chairman of the bench, unconditionally bailed Speid to next appear at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on May 6 for sentencing.

He also banned Speid from driving by issuing her with an interim driving disqualification.