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Belfast pavement artist pays his £60 fine in pennies

By Maria McCann

A defiant artist fined for writing hundreds of words in chalk outside Belfast City Hall has returned to the site to pay it using thousands of pennies.

Christoff Gillen was told he had to fork out £60 after literally spreading the word "love" to support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community across the pavement outside the building last month.

The 46-year-old is refusing to pay the fee conventionally and along with supporters gathered at the grounds for another creative protest yesterday.

Around six thousand 1p coins were placed at City Hall's gates to represent the fee Belfast City Council charged him for 'defacing the streets'.

Other artists, members of trade unions and fans from social media all came together with bags of pennies to help Mr Gillen.

The Armagh man said his initial project which saw the words wind down to the Ulster University's Art College was a performance.

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