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Four face trial over toppling statue of slave trader Edward Colston

Four people will be going on trial for their role in toppling the statue of slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol last year.

The statue was toppled during a Black Lives Matter protest that took place in Bristol on the 7th of June last year when the statue was subsequently dumped into Bristol Harbour before being recovered by Bristol County Council.


Rhian Graham (29), Milo Ponsford (25), Jake Skuse (36) and Willoughby (21) will be going on trial at Bristol Crown Court after denying charges of criminal damage.

The charges allege that the four defendants along with other people damaged the statue and plinth of an unknown value without a lawful excuse.

All four are currently on conditional bail while legal representatives of three of the defendants said that they would fight the charges “vigorously”.


IMAGE – Caitlin Hobbs


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