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Floyd star's son charged over demo

Charlie Gilmour, 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.

Gilmour, 21, was one of seven people charged by the Metropolitan Police as part of Operation Malone, which was launched after a number of high-profile protests in central London, and will appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on February 10.

The Cambridge University student, who was among the thousands who protested in Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square on December 9, was photographed hanging from a Union Jack flag on the Cenotaph during the march.

He issued an apology the day after the demonstrations, describing it 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.

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 Mr 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.

Two others, who were arrested on the day, have also been charged over the same protest. Christopher Hilliard, 22, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, and a 17-year-old man, also from Cheshire, were both charged with violent disorder and will appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on February 10.

Three men were also charged with offences during the protest on November 24.

James Cross, 26, of Lewisham, south-east London, and Kevin Wilson-Web, 50, from Kensington, west London, were charged with theft of police equipment. Justin Sey, 28, from Barnet, north London, is charged with criminal damage to a Government building. James Jeffal, 19, from Willesden Lane, north London, is charged with causing fear of unlawful violence during the protests on November 30. They will all appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on February 10.

Five others were cautioned for a range of offences including theft, assaulting a police officer and criminal damage.


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