Eco-protester arrested after gatecrashing Attenborough’s dinner

Marine biologist removed from Weymouth restaurant by police

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The marine biologist was asked to leave the Michelin-starred fish restaurant after she tried to confront Sir David Attenborough. She was later dragged out of the Catch at the Old Fish Market in Weymouth, Dorset by police. The 45-year-old had tried to deliver a letter to Sir David’s table and have a five-minute chat with him to “tell the truth” about climate change.

She added: “We don’t need another documentary series showing us that we are losing, some 150 species going extinct globally every single day.

“What we need is action.”

According to Animal Rebellion, a group calling for a plant-based food system and a mass re-wilding programme, Smart targeted his visit to the Catch restaurant because of its expensive seafood menu.

She said in a statement: “The Catch is a symbol of excess and inequality in today’s world, Weymouth has average wages amongst the lowest in the UK and is at huge risk of sea level rises.

“Yet this restaurant still continues business as usual amongst the worst cost-of-living crisis many will ever experience.

“We don’t need another documentary series showing us that we are losing, some 150 species going extinct globally every single day.

“What we need is action.

“Sir David is in a unique position to tell the truth about the biodiversity crisis.

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“He has the chance to leave a legacy of love, care, and of being the forerunner of a better world.”

Her letter to the climate documentary presenter read: “Dear David, I still want to meet you!

“I’m from Weymouth – my community will be devastated in the climate crisis.

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“There are 35 ordinary people in prison right now for environmental protest.

“Please speak up for them. For all life on earth. I’m a scientist. A biologist. Please meet with me – just five min. Love and hope, Emma Smart.”

Smart was charged with failing to comply with a Section 35 direction and is due to appear at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court on December 21.

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