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Individuals charged with toppling Colston statue during Bristol BLM protests appear in court

The four individuals charged with toppling the statue of slave-trader Edward Colston are appearing at Bristol Magistrates Court this morning.

On 7th June 2020, less than two weeks after the death of George Floyd in the US, a statue of the slave-trader was toppled by BLM protestors in Bristol’s town centre.

Hodge Jones & Allen solicitors represent three of the four individuals charged with causing criminal damage to the statue.

Raj Chada, Head of Criminal Defence, and Laura O’Brien, Associate at the social-justice law firm Hodge Jones & Allen have made the following statement on behalf of three of the defendants:

“We will fight these criminal charges vigorously on behalf of our clients. We are committed to defending them and their right to a fair trial in this important case. We ask that their privacy is respected.”

The defendants will be indicating not guilty pleas and electing a crown court trial.

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