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article imageSon of Pink Floyd guitarist arrested for student protest actions

By Lynn Curwin     Dec 12, 2010 in Crime
Charlie Gilmour, the son of Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour, was arrested on Sunday for his involvement in the student protests – which included swinging from a flag on a war memorial - in London on Thursday.
Gilmour, 21, was arrested at his Sussex home on suspicion of violent disorder and attempted criminal damage.
"On the morning of Sunday 12 December, a 21-year-old man was arrested at his home address in Sussex," The Guardian quoted a spokesman for the Metropolitan police as saying. "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."
Gilmour was photographed swinging from a Union flag at the Cenotaph, an act for which he later apologised.
“I feel nothing but shame,” The Telegraph quoted him as saying. “My intention was not to attack or defile the Cenotaph. Running along with a crowd of people who had just been violently repelled by the police, I got caught up in the spirit of the moment.
"I did not realise that it was the Cenotaph and if I had, I certainly would not have done what I did.”
He said he felt his “moment of idiocy” had distracted from the message of the protest.
“Those who are commemorated by the Cenotaph died to protect the very freedoms that allow the people of Britain the right to protest and I feel deeply ashamed to have, although unintentionally and unknowingly, insulted the memory of them,” he added.
Gilmour is the 35th person to be arrested for actions during Thursday’s demonstration against tuition fee increases.
Charlie Gilmour is the biological son of writer Polly Samson and actor and writer Heathcote Williams. He was adopted by David Gilmour after he and Samson married in 1994.
About 176 people have been arrested in relation to the four protests.
The BBC reported that officers have reviewed hours of CCTV footage and are appealing for the public’s help in identifying suspects.
Police officers were injured, property was damaged and one person urinated on the statue of Winston Churchill.
A car carrying Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was also attacked. It had paint thrown on it and a window was broken.
Home Secretary Theresa May confirmed there was "contact" between the Duchess of Cornwall and one of the protesters who attacked her car, according to the BBC. She did not confirm reports that Camilla was poked with a stick.
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