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Foxtons protest: nearby activists fined for disrupting wedding

Activists who stormed a wedding as part of a protest event in which a Foxtons office was damaged have been fined and ordered to undertake unpaid work.

London’s Metro newspaper reports that Sapphire McIntosh and Joshua Virasami stormed Lambeth Town Hall in Brixton as part of a demonstration in spring 2015 about gentrification of the local area.  A register office is located in the town hall, and a wedding was going on at the time of the protest.

Another part of the protest - involving different individuals - saw one window in the local Foxtons office smashed, and another window of the agency daubed with paint saying ‘Yuppies Out.’

McIntosh and Virasami both pleaded guilty at a court hearing. The newspaper reports that upon hearing Virasami was from Hounslow, Judge John Bevan QC said: “I don’t understand what he is doing interfering in a peaceful demonstration in Brixton.”

The judge continued: “Quite apart from ruining somebody’s wedding, which I don’t suppose maters to you at all, it was frightening for police. They are there to protect property and the public. Fighting with them is anti-social.”

Virasami was ordered to carry out 75 hours of unpaid work and to pay £75 costs. McIntosh was fined £250 and ordered to pay £135 costs.

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