Activists gather outside court as trial of Stansted Airport protestors begins

Protests before the trial of the 'Stansted 15' at Chelmsford Crown Court. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Activists protesting against deportation flights have gathered outside Chelmsford Crown Court, where 15 people are going on trial accused of invading the runway at Stansted Airport.

More than 20 flights had to be diverted when the group got onto the tarmac at the airport last year.

They chained themselves to a charter plane that was due to deport asylum seekers and other migrants to Nigeria and Ghana.

The group deny charges of obstructing a person engaged in lawful activity and taking part in a demonstration likely to obstruct the airport.

Stansted Airport. Credit: ITV News Anglia