Cambridge Student arrested over cenotaph stunt

Cambridge student Charlie Gilmour was arrested today at his home in Sussex for attempted criminal damage and violent disorder. The 21 year-old Girtonian, who is in the second year of his history degree, was photographed swinging from the Cenotaph war memorial to British dead during tuition fee protests at Parliament Square on Thursday.

Gilmore has since apologised for his actions. "I feel nothing but shame. My intention was not to attack or defile the Cenotaph… I did not realise that it was the Cenotaph and if I had, I certainly would not have done what I did," he said in a statement.

The police confirmed an arrest had been made in connection with the Cenotaph incident. "On the morning of Sunday 12 December, a 21-year-old man was arrested at his home address in Sussex," a Metropolitan police spokesperson told The Guardian. "He was arrested by officers from Operation Malone on suspicion of violent disorder, and attempted criminal damage of the Union flag on the Cenotaph on 9 December. He was taken to a Sussex police station where he has been further arrested on suspicion of theft."

At the time of writing, Gilmour remains in police custody. He is the 35th person to be arrested following Thursday's protests.

Update 14 December 2010: A Met spokesperson told TCS that Gilmour has been bailed until a date in June pending further enquiries.

James Burton


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