FOUR people from Southampton have appear in court over climate change protests held in Bristol last week.

Avon and Somerset Police confirmed a total of 16 people had been charged with wilfully obstructing a public highway over the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations on Wednesday.

The protests were held in Bristol city centre and impacted on the M32.

Those from Southampton who were charged were Christelle Blunden, 37, of Tremona Road, Shirley Warren; Timothy Andrew Miller, 37, and Helen Miller, 42, both of Imperial Avenue, Shirley; and Imogen Phillips, 20, of Warsash, just outside the city boundary.

All 16 people who were charged appeared at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on Friday, where they pleaded not guilty.