Four people charged over toppling of slave trader statue in Bristol

Edward Colston

Four people have been charged with criminal damage following the toppling of a statue to 17th Century slave trader Edward Colston.

The monument was dragged from its plinth in Bristol and thrown into the harbour last June.

It was retrieved from the water by Bristol City Council.

It’s estimated the bronze had suffered £3,750 worth of damage.

No arrests were made at the time.

An investigation was launched by Avon and Somerset police.

A Crown Prosecution Service spokesman said:

“The CPS 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.”

Rhian Graham, 29, Milo Ponsford, 25, Jake Skuse, 32, and Sage Willoughby, 21, are all due to appear at Bristol Magistrates’ Court on January 25th, 2021.

About the Author

Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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