Four protesters charged for creating a sticky situation in Brighton

Posted On 22 Mar 2011 at 12:58 pm

Four protesters have been charged after a sticky protest in Churchill Square, Brighton.

The three men from Brighton and another from Hove took part in a demonstration during which protesters glued themselves to BHS and Dorothy Perkins.

Two of the men were dressed as Father Christmas during the protest which took place on Saturday 18 December, one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Alistair Cannell, 21, of St Paul’s Street, Brighton, is alleged to have glued his hands to a door at BHS.

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Richard Millar, 27, of Islingword Street, Hanover, is alleged to have glued himself to the window of Dorothy Perkins.

David Tullett, 26, of Hendon Street, Brighton, and Robin Monaghan, 24, of Lansdowne Place, Hove, are alleged to occupied the roof of BHS for several hours.

A huge banner which read “Stop tax dodgers” was draped across the front of BHS.

They have been charged with a public order offence – deterring people engaged in lawful activity – and are due to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Friday 1 April.

The protest was part of a National Day of Action Against Tax Avoidance, targeting shops owned by Arcadia, the business run by Philip Green.

They accuse Mr Green of paying a £1.2 billion dividend to his Monaco-based wife to avoid paying hundreds of millions of pounds  to the Treasury while public spending in Britain is being cut.

Other protests about tax avoidance have targeted Vodafone, Top Shop and Boots in Brighton.

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