Police evict Occupy Bristol mansion & charge squatters
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Mon Apr 2 19:00:24 BST 2012
plus - Violent scenes today between Bristol anti-drone protesters and police
by Robert Murphy - last updated Mon 2 Apr 2012
There were violent scenes between protesters and
police in Bristol today. Around 60 activists
surrounded Armeda House where delegates were
meeting for the 27th Bristol International UAV
Systems Conference. UAVs are 'drones' or unmanned
aircraft used, protestors say, in the war in
Afghanistan. There were scuffles as police tried
to move protesters away. Riot police have closed
off Marsh Street in Bristol while the control the remaining protesters.
Police charge Bristol mansion squatters
Five people have been charged today following a
disturbance at a multimillion-pound mansion occupied by squatters.
The charges involve public order offences and
assaulting police after officers were pelted with stones and bottles.
Police went to Cliftonwood House in Clifton,
Bristol, at about 10.30am yesterday following
complaints made over noise levels during a party on Saturday night.
Two uniformed officers came under attack when
objects were thrown from the roof of the £3 million house.
After calling for back-up police arrested a total
of 11 people - nine people for public-order
offences and two for assaulting officers - police said.
Today Avon and Somerset Police said Daniella
Price, 18, has been charged with assaulting a
police officer and is due to appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court on April 23.
Ryan Woolaway is also charged with assaulting a
police officer and obstructing police. He is due
to appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court on April 25.
While Angelica Prestigiacomo, 19, is charged with
a public order offence and due to appear at the same court on April 23.
A 17-year-old man charged with assaulting a
police officer and obstructing police was due to
appear at court this afternoon and another
17-year-old man was charged with a public order
offence and bailed to appear at the youth court on April 23.
A man in his 20s and an 18-year-old have been bailed until April 21.
The squatters moved in last month but were facing
eviction following the granting at Bristol County
Court of an Order of Possession in favour of the
building's owners, the Bank of Scotland.
The mansion, a former university hall of
residence, was once Bristol's most expensive
property - on the market for £4.2 million.
The grade II listed property has eight bedrooms,
four bathrooms, an indoor swimming pool, vaulted
cellar and a gym and is now thought to be worth £2.9 million.
Several of the people who were living in the
house were previously part of the controversial
Occupy Bristol camp located on College Green.
In the past week residents have complained to the
police about golf balls being hit at them from the roof of the house.
They also say their lives have been made a misery
by all-night parties held at the property.
The squatters were evicted and the property is
back in the hands of the legal owners.
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