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Arrest over toppling of Colston statue

By bristol247, Thursday Jul 2, 2020

A 24-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage as part of the police investigation into the toppling of Edward Colston’s statue.

The man has since been released, with Avon & Somerset Constabulary’s investigation continuing into the events during the Black Lives Matter protest on June 7.

The Grade II-listed statue of the slave trader was pulled from its plinth and dumped into the docks. It was later salvaged and is due to go on display in a museum.

Police are reviewing footage of a “small group of people” filmed pulling down the statue with ropes and have previously appealed for the public’s help to identify more than a dozen people they wanted to speak to.

The force said that a crime had been committed and they were “duty-bound to investigate without fear or favour”.

Main photo by Ben Wray

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