Anneka Sutcliffe (pictured at Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire) said she was turned away from visiting her pal in prison for not wearing a bra The violin teacher is also a member of the Extinction Rebellion campaign group Mark Ovland stood on top of a London Tube at Canning Town last month Footage also showed a commuter chasing Mr Ovland down the Tube at Canning TownCredit: Twitter – captheadboard Mr Ovland, 36, was repeatedly arrested during XR’s October protestsCredit: Facebook
She told the Standard her “breasts have never been so angry”.
“I got there on time but me and my friend Sally were refused entry at the security checkpoint, where a female guard did the usual airport-style feel-you-up, because she noticed we weren’t wearing bras.”
She added: “I hardly ever wear a bra. To me, a vest top and pants are my underwear, and that’s my business anyway.”
The Extinction Rebellion campaigner had travelled from the West Country to visit Mr Ovland, who faced the wrath of Londoners last month by climbing on to the roof of carriages on a Jubilee Line train at Canning Town.
He was chased down the Tube before being pulled into the crowd by irate commuters.
Leaders of the movement admitted the targeting of the commuters had been “an own goal” following a severe public backlash.
Mr Ovland was repeatedly arrested during the two week action by the campaign group last month.
“It took him a while to get registered as a vegan and he spends his time reading a lot of books and meditating.
“He is trying to counsel his cellmate through drug and alcohol issues and is seeing prison as a real time of servitude – trying to help other prisoners – which is wonderful.
“He didn’t apply for bail as he was fully prepared to go to prison for his actions.
“It highlights the injustice of being in prison for non-violent protest when our government is guilty is ecocide.”
Craig Thomson, Serco’s prison director at the jail, said: “All women are required to wear underwear including a bra when visiting the prison, not just in the interests of other visitors, particularly children, but also to help our staff who are searching for contraband.
“Anyone who is abusive or intimidating towards our staff will be refused entry to the prison.”
The activist said he wanted to create a response where people ‘have to get off the fence’Credit: ExtinctionRebellion / youtube