CPS criticized Insulate Britain activist who has never driven a car for mixing up speeding tickets

Nick Till (pictured talking to an officer in October 2021), 67, said he was on the list to appeal a Lewes Crown Court conviction for failing to tell Sussex police that he was in a speeding car along the Brighton coast.  On that day, the self-proclaimed 'eco zealot' would also appear for public nuisance during the campaign group Insulate Britain's protests on the M25 last September, which he denied.

Nick Till (pictured talking to an officer in October 2021), 67, said he was on the list to appeal a Lewes Crown Court conviction for failing to tell Sussex police that he was in a speeding car along the Brighton coast.  On that day, the self-proclaimed 'eco zealot' would also appear for public nuisance during the campaign group Insulate Britain's protests on the M25 last September, which he denied.

A university professor and activist from Insulate Britain who has never owned or driven a car has appeared in the dock on a speeding conviction after being turned upside down in the Crown Court.

Nick Till, 67, was on the list to appeal a conviction at Lewes Crown Court for failing to tell Sussex police that he had driven a speeding car along the Brighton coast.

But the self-proclaimed “eco zealot” had never owned or driven a car.

Mr Till, a professor at the University of Sussex, was due to appear in court in September for public disturbances during the Insulate Britain protests on the M25, which he denied.

But he was also on the list for the other speeding violation and asked court officials what to do, and they told him to go to court to clear up the confusion.

Then it turned out in court that it was another Nicholas Till who should attend the emergency hearing.

Judge said he was furious with CPS attorney Michael Shilliday that the ‘wrong man’ was in court, according to Brighton and Hove Newsand said he didn’t want this case “darkening his door” again.

Nick Till (pictured talking to an officer in October 2021), 67, said he was on the list to appeal a Lewes Crown Court conviction for failing to tell Sussex police that he was in a speeding car along the Brighton coast.  On that day, the self-proclaimed 'eco zealot' would also appear for public nuisance during the campaign group Insulate Britain's protests on the M25 last September, which he denied.

Nick Till (pictured talking to an officer in October 2021), 67, said he was on the list to appeal a Lewes Crown Court conviction for failing to tell Sussex police that he was in a speeding car along the Brighton coast.  On that day, the self-proclaimed 'eco zealot' would also appear for public nuisance during the campaign group Insulate Britain's protests on the M25 last September, which he denied.

Nick Till (pictured talking to an officer in October 2021), 67, said he was on the list to appeal a Lewes Crown Court conviction for failing to tell Sussex police that he was in a speeding car along the Brighton coast. On that day, the self-proclaimed ‘eco zealot’ would also appear for public nuisance during the campaign group Insulate Britain’s protests on the M25 last September, which he denied.

He asked the court officials what to do and they told him to go to court to clear up the confusion.  This was when Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) attorney Michael Shilliday (pictured) told the court that Nicholas Alexander Till was here to appeal his conviction

He asked the court officials what to do and they told him to go to court to clear up the confusion.  This was when Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) attorney Michael Shilliday (pictured) told the court that Nicholas Alexander Till was here to appeal his conviction

He asked the court officials what to do and they told him to go to court to clear up the confusion. This was when Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) attorney Michael Shilliday (pictured) told the court that Nicholas Alexander Till was here to appeal his conviction

And the environmentalist and professor replied that his name is Nicholas John Thirlwall at Lewes Crown Court, pictured

And the environmentalist and professor replied that his name is Nicholas John Thirlwall at Lewes Crown Court, pictured

And the environmentalist and professor replied that his name is Nicholas John Thirlwall at Lewes Crown Court, pictured

This infuriated Judge Mooney (pictured) who said he didn't want this case 'blacking out his door' again

This infuriated Judge Mooney (pictured) who said he didn't want this case 'blacking out his door' again

This infuriated Judge Mooney (pictured) who said he didn’t want this case ‘blacking out his door’ again

Mr Till said the “main reason” he went to Lewes was to attend a “plea hearing” on charges of causing public nuisance, which he denied.

He told the MailOnline: ‘It was clearly a case of misidentification, and I have no idea how it happened.

“I was at Lewes Court that day on another case and learned the day before that I had also been listed as the Appellant in a case I knew nothing about.

“I checked with the court officials and they advised me that it would be best for me to appear in court to clarify the matter.”

The Sussex professor had appeared before the Crawley Magistrates’ Court last month, which was his first time there.

While the other Mr Till had a driver’s license sent to an address in Crawley, the CPS’ Mr Shilliday told the court.

The CPS lawyer said Nicholas Alexander Till should face court.

Mr Till denied being Mr Till and said he was Nicholas John Thirlwall Till.

He told the court, “Until I went to court, I had never been to Crawley. I live in London.’

Judge Mooney said, “Is there anything that would connect this Mr. Till to the address where the subpoena was served?”

Mr Till at an Insulate Britain protest before facing the wrong court on the wrong charge

Mr Till at an Insulate Britain protest before facing the wrong court on the wrong charge

Mr Till at an Insulate Britain protest before facing the wrong court on the wrong charge

This was when Mr Shilliday gave the other Mr Till’s name and when the University of Sussex professor denied that he was that Mr Till.

The judge said, “Things are not going well so far, Mr. Shilliday.”

The lawyer then said, “I don’t know why this Mr. Till is in court.”

The judge said, “So you got the wrong man?”

Mr. Shilliday said, “The short answer is I don’t know why Mr. Till is in the dock.”

The court also heard that the other Mr Till is 30, while the eco-campaigner is 67 and is from London.

Judge Mooney said, “This is the wrong man. This is Kafka coming to Lewes!’

Mr. Till was awarded the costs of the lawsuit and the appeal was upheld, with the judge telling the court, “I don’t want this case obscuring our door.”

The speeding violation is on the agenda for next week.

While Nicholas John Thirlwall Till appeared for the pre-trial hearing for public nuisance which he denies.

A spokeswoman for the CPS said: “As proceedings are ongoing, we are unable to comment at this time.”

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