Trump penis protest: Bishop's Stortford schoolboy turns cock and balls into sea turtle to avoid police trouble
The Bishop's Stortford High School student who mowed a giant phallus in the grass at his home as a challenge to US president Donald Trump has transformed it into a sea turtle rather than face police charges.
On Monday evening (June 3), detectives from Essex Police questioned Ollie Nancarrow, 18, about his penis protest, which he hoped was visible as Air Force One came in to land at Stansted Airport that morning for the start of President Trump’s state visit to the UK.
The A Level student faces a further interview this week. The force said: “Essex Police is looking into this matter to establish whether any offences have been committed."
After his stiff climate change message was published online by the Indie on Sunday, the story went viral with TV, radio and national newspaper coverage in this country and in America.
Ollie said: “I was sick and tired of leaders from around the world ignoring climate change and denying it exists.”
President Trump rejects the scientific consensus on climate change. In June 2017, he announced the USA's withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation, making America the only nation in the world not to ratify the agreement.
Alongside the greeting "Oi Trump", Ollie – who sat a business studies exam on Monday amid the furore – mowed male genitalia in the grounds of the family home in Chelmsford Road, Hatfield Heath.
That was followed by the message "Climate Change is Real" and accompanied by a polar bear. All were mowed on private property and cannot be identified from street level.
However, after hitting the headlines and discussion with his mother and stepfather, Vanessa and David Ambler, following the police visit, he used his artistic skills to transform the penis into the endangered marine creature to reinforce his climate change campaign.
Mum Vanessa said the whole family was proud of Ollie’s stand. Although he was initially defiant in the face of police intervention, he took the opportunity to reflect.
Vanessa said: “We had a discussion about it and I said to Ollie 'You've achieved what you set out to achieve'.”
The sea turtle was especially significant. A family trip to Borneo last year brought the teenager into direct contact with the rare reptiles and he saw first hand how plastic pollution was affecting their environment.
As a result, Ollie was inspired to set up online marketplace www.born-eco.com, connecting buyers with eco-friendly traders. After he completes his A Levels, which also include art and product design, he will return to the Malay archipelago to work in a school using his creative skills.
Inspired by the island’s sea gipsies and their upcycling skills, he wants to make a career in sustainability, building furniture from waste.