Mum, 34, who drove into eco-mob calls them 'terrorists' as activist accuses her of attempted murder

A MUM who drove into an eco-mob has called them "terrorists" – as an activist accused her of attempted murder.

Sherrilyn Speid, 34, rolled her Range Rover into the smug protesters as they sat on a road blocking her path in Purfleet, Essex, earlier this week.

She said she became frustrated after trying to ask them to move because she needed to get her 11-year-old lad to his lessons.

She told GB News: "I was absolutely fuming they were in the road blocking me from taking my son to school. How dare they have the audacity to do that."

During a debate on the channel, Independent climate columnist Donnachadh McCarthy said: "This woman is a mother and she drove a car over two peaceful women. What an example to give to her child."

"You cheered and applauded someone who carried out an attempted murder of peaceful people. They're fighting for a future for kids. 

"You've just incited murder on this programme…You're inciting people to carry out murder."

Sherrilyn hit back, saying: "I would never hurt anyone. They weren't listening to me. When I was nice they ignored me. I thought I would get in the car and rev it a little bit.

"All of that 'ow ow' was dramatic and fake. There's no way it hurt them. They still didn't move. I got in the car and some men helped me and got them out the way so I could take my son to school."

The mental health specialist, who was also on her way to work, had previously said she lost her temper when they rudely refused to listen to her request to move out of the way and laughed at her.

Sherrilyn got back in her £80,000 motor, started up and nudged it into the eco zealots to try to push them out of her way.

They were eventually moved on but Sherrilyn's usual ten-minute trip on October 11 took 45 minutes and she and son Terrel were both late.

Sherrilyn, of Grays, Essex, told The Sun: “When I got out the car, I walked up to them and I said, really nicely and politely, ‘Can you please move out the way because I’ve got to get my son to school and I’ve got to get to work’.

“And a woman was very rude and said ‘Yeah, everyone has got to get their kids to school’.

“She then said ‘We’re not moving’ and laughed and that really really p***ed me off.

“In the end I said ‘Alright then, if you’re not going to move I’m going to drive at you’. So I got in my car and I went up to them.

“But I didn’t hit them I just nudged them slowly along the road. It was a scare tactic.  I thought they would move but they didn’t.”


Sherrilyn, who was a youth worker for seven years before setting up a counselling and mentoring business, said she would never hurt anyone and is not violent.

She added: “I shouldn’t have let the anger get the better of me but they pushed me to the edge.

“What they’re doing is wrong. They’re not peaceful, they’re obstructive and they’re rude.

"I’m upset I lost my temper and maybe I could’ve gone about it in a different way but I will always stand up for what I believe in — that people should be entitled to live their normal lives.

“And I was standing up for all the other mums who are just trying to take their kids to school.”

She added: “Education is so important and we’ve just been through a pandemic. My son’s had loads of time off school.

“Year Seven is really important. It’s  his first year of secondary school. He’s an intelligent student and is doing well academically.

“And I have an important job. I’m a single mum trying to make an honest living. I worked throughout the pandemic and  I have people in distress waiting to see me.

“People might see me as a maniac right now but I do a lot for my community.”

Sherrilyn said she has no problem with people protesting and embraces change, but she added: “They’re going the wrong way about it.

“I do get it. We want to have a nice planet for our children’s children, which I support — but they’re doing more damage than good.

“They should be protesting outside parliament and to the Government and not interrupting people’s lives."

Taking to Instagram the businesswoman insisted she simply nudged the eco-warriors, who had blocked her route as she attempted to drop her 11-year-old son to school.

She wrote: "I never run them over, I gave them a nudge, So dramatic man."

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