James Nesbitt protests as community hit by rent rises
Northern Ireland actor James Nesbitt has thrown his weight behind a campaign to help fight a rent rise that has already forced his local toy shop to close
The 'Lucky Man' star, who received an OBE in the New Year Honours List, joined a protest at Herne Hill in south London, where local residents are protesting against a decision by the Dulwich Estate to increase rents.
More than 300 people took to the streets to march through Herne Hill on Saturday.
Speaking at the march, Mr Nesbitt - who lives locally - told local media outlet the Brixton Blog:
"The fact that Dulwich Estate, a wealthy landowner, is hiking up rates, which only benefits fee-paying schools while depriving the community of all these individual shops, is beyond me.
"It just seems crazy that Dulwich Estate wants to do this to its own community, "
Giles Gibson, chairman of the Herne Hill Forum, which organised the protest, told the blog: "Just Williams, our only local children's toy shop in Half Moon Lane, has gone.
"They could not afford the near 70% rent hike that local landlord Dulwich Estate imposed."
Dulwich Estate did not respond to a request for comment on the matter when contacted by the Belfast Telegraph.