Essex mum regrets nudging road-blocking Insulate Britain protesters with Range Rover in viral clip

When asked on ITV's This Morning if she regretted nudging the protesters with her car Speid said: "Yes of course, of course I do."


An Essex mum said she regretted driving her Range Rover at Insulate Britain protesters who blocked a busy road while she was on the school run.

Sherrilyn Speid, from Grays, was banned from driving, fined and given a community order after nudging the activists in her car last October in a video that went viral online.

Speaking to ITV's This Morning, Sherrilyn explained why she felt so angry and said her actions were influenced by a dark period in her life.

"I was suffering from anxiety at the time... I was in a domestic abuse relationship and I was really struggling," Speid said.

"When that was happening I felt like I was back at that time, I felt like I was being controlled in that situation and found it hard to deal with," she added.

When asked if she regretted nudging the protesters with her car Speid said: "Yes of course, of course I do," adding she wished she had never done it.

Speid said the protesters supported her and didn't want to press charges.

A still of footage from Insulate Britain shows Spied's Range Rover moving protesters

"I've been able to be a voice for a lot of women who have suffered domestic abuse, a lot of people will know about my story now it's been in the press... I'm now supporting so many people," Speid said.

The 35-year-old, who appeared for sentencing at Basildon Magistrates’ Court on Friday, was disqualified from driving for a year, handed a community order and ordered to pay a total of £240.

Heavily bleeped clips, which were shown in court, captured Speid getting out of her car before swearing and shouting at protesters.

She can be heard saying: “I don’t care what the issue is.

“My son is 11, he needs to get to school today so move out the way and let me get my son to school.”

In a separate clip, the car could be seen jerking forward into the backs of protesters sitting on the road.

The court heard that 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 Wednesday October 13.

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

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

The scene was caught on camera by a passer-by and the footage quickly went viral online.

Mr Petchey said Speid, who cried in the dock throughout the hearing, was “clearly very angry and agitated by the situation”.

He added that she was not using “excessive speed” and “was using the brakes quite harshly”.

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

He said: “She knew the protesters were there and had even remonstrated with them but nevertheless chose to move into them with her vehicle.”

The prosecutor also played a clip to the court of an interview Speid did with LBC the day after she pleaded guilty on March 28.

Speid told the broadcaster “I feel let down”, before calling the criminal proceedings an “injustice”.

However, Lauren Hebditch, defending, told the court that Speid was an “inspiring” woman who was “under severe pressure and stress” that week, having just left an abusive relationship of 12 years.

Ms Hebditch said her client had just moved into a new home after staying in a safe house and was taking new medication prescribed for her mental health.

She said: “She had had to flee her family home due to domestic violence she had suffered for 12 years.

“She was suffering from severe anxiety and depression which led her to having panic attacks at work.

“She had finally found confidence that week to leave that relationship.”


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