ACTIVISTS were set to appear in court accused of aggravated trespass at London City Airport.

Claudia Fisher, 57, and Pheobe Valentine, 23, both from Brighton, were charged over the Extinction Rebellion protests in October.

The duo said they staged a peaceful protest by gluing themselves to the floor at the airport, to raise awareness of global warming.

They were set to face the charge at City of London Magistrates’ Court yesterday and today.

It carries a maximum sentence of three months in prison.

Extinction Rebellion said that the Governments former chief science adviser Sir David King will provide an expert witness statement in defence of the activists.

Sir David said: “Extinction Rebellion is playing an important role in the UK.

“The attention of news media and the pressure of ordinary voices raises the visibility of the issue of climate change.”