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    05 June 2023

    Detention of Epsom Demonstrator Continues

    Man Appears in Court After Betfred Derby Track Protest

    A man has caused chaos at the Betfred Derby, resulting in his appearance at the Guildford Magistrates’ Court. The man, Ben Newman, was charged with causing public nuisance after running onto the track during the race on Saturday.

    The Incident

    Spectators were stunned as Newman jumped the fence and sprinted onto the course just as Auguste Rodin won. He was quickly chased by police while jeered by spectators before being tackled and removed from the scene.

    The Cause of Protest

    Newman’s protest occurred shortly after an injunction had been granted to prevent Animal Rising group from intervening in races owned by Jockey Club that includes Epsom.

    Court Proceedings

    Newman appeared before Guildford Crown Court where he pleaded not guilty to “causing public nuisance.” He is due back in court on July sixth for further proceedings.

    Scottish Grand National Protests Lead to Trial for Nineteen Individuals

    Nineteen protesters accused of disrupting a Scottish grand national are set to stand trial this September following events that took place earlier this year. Among them were Miranda Courtney, Rose Paterson, Katrielle Chan Joseph Moss Tatum Paul Alexander Dunnet Thomas Foy Osian Dixon Sarah Foy Nathan McGovern Benjamin Stevenson Zuki Paul Imogen Robertson Alex Hamill Robert Houston Joshua Parkinson, Joshua Lane and Claire Smith.

    It is alleged that the group entered Ayr’s track on April 22 equipped with glue, piping, and other implements designed to secure themselves onto jumps or railings while a race was in progress.

    Court Proceedings

    The nineteen individuals appeared at Ayr Sheriff Court where they all pled not guilty to charges of “committing a breach of peace” by behaving disorderly and forming part of an unruly crowd who overcame security

    The accused also face a second charge for trespassing at Ayr Racecourse as it is claimed they tried to prevent the horse race from taking place. While trials are expected to start early September after further court hearings in August.

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