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Friday 30 January 2015

Gilmour's son on protest charges

Charlie Gilmour has been charged for his part in student fee protests
Charlie Gilmour has been charged for his part in student fee protests

The son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has been charged with violent disorder and theft of a mannequin leg during a student fees protest.

Charlie Gilmour, 21, was one of seven people charged by the Metropolitan Police as part of Operation Malone launched after a number of high-profile demonstrations in central London.

He will appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on February 10.

The Cambridge University student was photographed hanging from a Union flag on the Cenotaph during the protest against an increase in tuition fees on December 9.

He was among thousands who descended on Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square ahead of the key Commons vote.

The young Gilmour issued an apology the next day, describing his actions as a "moment of idiocy" and admitting he did not realise the monument in Whitehall commemorated Britain's war dead. He was arrested on December 12.

His statement at the time said: "I would like to express my deepest apologies for the terrible insult to the thousands of people who died bravely for our country that my actions represented."

Gilmour, who has also been on the books of modelling agency Select Model Management, is the son of writer and journalist Polly Samson.

His biological father is the poet and playwright Heathcote Williams but he was adopted by Gilmour when his mother remarried.

The December 9 protest also saw rioters attack the car carrying the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall to the Royal Variety Performance as the demonstration descended into violence. Police made around 30 arrests.

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