An environmental campaigner who has had his conviction resulting from a high profile protest quashed has called for an independent inquiry into how the police handle undercover investigations.
Paul Morrozzo, 47, of Hebden Bridge, was one of 29 environmental campaigners convicted of offences after they ambushed a freight train as it took fuel to Drax, the largest coal-fired power station in Europe.
Participants in the non-violent protest were sentenced at Leeds Crown Court in 2009 and 2010 for obstructing the railway.
They were charged with obstructing engines or carriages on railways, which is an offence under the Malicious Damage Act 1861.
The convictions were quashed because of the failure to disclose the fact that Mark ‘’Flash’’ Stone - a van driver in the protest - had been working as an undercover policeman.
Speaking after the Court of Appeal hearing in London, Mr Morrozzo, who served 150 hours’ community service as a result of the conviction, said: “The quashing of this conviction is not a massive deal for me personally, but it’s an extremely important movement in the broader campaign to expose police corruption.”