Sherrilyn Speid, 34, from Essex, hit the headlines in October when she was filmed allegedly nudging her £80,000 Range Rover into protestors who were strewn across the road
A mum who allegedly nudged an Insulate Britain activist with her SUV when the protestors blocked a road has been charged with assault.
Sherrilyn Speid, 34, from Essex, hit the headlines in October when she was filmed appearing to nudge her £80,000 Range Rover into protestors who were strewn across the road, hindering Speid in getting her son to school.
During the incident Speid is recorded stopping close to the backs of two people facing away from her sitting on the road at a junction near the Dartford Crossing on October 13, in Thurrock, Essex.
She exits the car and comes close to one of them shouting: “Move out of the way now! My son is 11 and he needs to get to school.”
She gets back into the vehicle and drives forward, appearing to make contact with two protesters, one of them appearing to shout in pain.
Essex Police say they have “received authorisation from the Crown Prosecution Service to charge a woman in connection with an incident” on October 13, and that Speid summonsed to appear at court next month.
She will be charged with dangerous driving and assault by beating.
Speaking to The Sun, Speid called the charges “completely ridiculous.”
She said: “This just feels completely ridiculous. Why are police and prosecutors giving into these people?
“A mum trying to take her son to school is not the one who should be facing the firm hand of the law.
“These Insulate Britain fools want it all their own way. Who is sticking up for normal people here?
“I think it’s disgusting that they were stopping working class people from getting to work and their kids to school and now they’re trying to prosecute a single mum.”
The mental health specialist, of Grays, Essex, added: “I know I could have handled things in a better way, I have said that from the start, but I lost my temper and I was sticking up for all the other mums out there.”
An Essex Police spokesman said: “We have received authorisation from the Crown Prosecution Service to charge a woman in connection with an incident in St Clements Way, Grays, on October 13.
“Sherrilyn Speid, 34, of North Road, Purfleet, will be summonsed to appear at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on January 6 to be charged with dangerous driving and assault by beating.
“This incident occurred while the road was being disrupted and our complex investigation into that disruption is ongoing.
“In total, we have made 94 arrests in connection with the disruption caused on the M25 and M11 and their nearby feeder roads in September and October.
“Those investigations are progressing, and we are in consistent dialogue with the CPS and other affected forces on them.
“When dealing with these incidents, we police them without fear or favour in a manner to keep everyone at the scene safe and we have consistently said our priority is to keep our county’s roads moving.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.