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Four BLM Marxists CHARGED with criminal damage after statue of Edward Colston was toppled into Bristol Harbour in June

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Four people were charged with criminal damage after the Edward Colston statue was thrown into Bristol Harbour in June during Black Lives Matter protests. 

Rhian Graham, 29, Milo Ponsford, 25, Jake Skuse, 32, and Sage Willoughby, 21, are all due to appear before the Bristol Magistrates Court on 25 January 2021, Crown Prosecution Service stated. 

On June 7, during a Marxist BLM demonstration, the statue of 17th-century Edward Colston was thrown in the River Avon.  

The CPS stated on Wednesday that after an examination of a file of evidence from the force, it had approved charges against the group of individuals.

An official spokesman stated: ‘’The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against all four are now active and that they have the right to a fair trial.

‘’It is extremely important there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.’’

Following the case, a massive inquiry was initiated by the authorities, which ignited controversy worldwide.

Six individuals have previously been fined £100 for their involvement in the toppling after receiving conditional caution in October.

The group all accepted conditional caution, which implied that they earned a criminal record but escaped trial in the courts and any potential penalty. 

They were given six months to follow the conditions of their caution, including answering a questionnaire from a Local History commission.

The criminals were also ordered to complete two hours of environmental improvement works including removing graffiti around the city of Bristol. 

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