Europe South Asia Asia Pacific Americas Middle East Africa BBC Homepage World Service Education



Front Page

World

UK

UK Politics

Business

Sci/Tech

Health

Education

Sport

Entertainment

Talking Point

In Depth

On Air

Archive
Feedback
Low Graphics
Help

Thursday, November 4, 1999 Published at 18:14 GMT


UK

Vestey heir on city demo charge

Riot saw some of worst violence since Poll Tax protests

Police have confirmed a member of the billionaire Vestey family has been charged by officers investigating last summer's City of London riot.

Mark Brown, the grandson of Sir Derek Vestey, is accused of a public order offence.

The violence that followed the Carnival Against Global Capitalism on June 18 caused more than £1 million in damage at the heart of London's financial district.

Mr Brown, 35, was charged at Bishopsgate police station with failing to give notice of a public procession.

Organisers of a public procession or march have a statutory duty to notify police of the route and numbers expected to take part.

Mr Brown, of Stoneleigh Place, Notting Hill, west London, was released on police bail and is due to appear before City of London magistrates on December 6.

Privileged upbringing

The violence in the Square Mile was the worst seen in London since the Trafalgar Square poll tax riots nine years ago.

It resulted in 28 police officers and 14 members of the public being injured.

Last month police set up an internet archive of pictures of those wanted for questioning in connection with the rioting.

Mr Brown is reported to have an income of around £44,000 a year - proceeds from a £2.7m trust fund.

His father and grandfather built the family fortune on the meat trade and Dewhurst butcher chain.

Much of the fortune - which once stood at £1bn - came from the beef the family supplied to the McDonald's hamburger chain.

But Mr Brown used his expensive education at Radley College, in Oxfordshire, and the trust fund which followed, to support a lifestyle a world away from his family's.

The public schoolboy turned eco-activist joined the UK Oil Overthrow Association and was at the forefront of action against BP, Shell and Chevron.

His environmental campaigning has also led him to work for Friends of the Earth, The Land Is Ours protest and he has links to Greenpeace.



Advanced options | Search tips




Back to top | BBC News Home | BBC Homepage | ©


UK Contents

Northern Ireland
Scotland
Wales
England

Relevant Stories

21 Oct 99†|†UK
Internet search for City rioters

28 Jul 99†|†UK
Police to admit riot failings

19 Jun 99†|†UK
Police probe 'planned violence' in City riot

18 Jun 99†|†The Economy
Debt activists target City





Internet Links


City of London gallery of suspects

Metropolitan Police


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.




In this section

Next steps for peace

Blairs' surprise over baby

Bowled over by Lord's

Beef row 'compromise' under fire

Hamilton 'would sell mother'

Industry misses new trains target

From Sport
Quins fightback shocks Cardiff

From Business
Vodafone takeover battle heats up

IRA ceasefire challenge rejected

Thousands celebrate Asian culture

From Sport
Christie could get two-year ban

From Entertainment
Colleagues remember Compo

Mother pleads for baby's return

Toys withdrawn in E.coli health scare

From Health
Nurses role set to expand

Israeli PM's plane in accident

More lottery cash for grassroots

Pro-lifers plan shock launch

Double killer gets life

From Health
Cold 'cure' comes one step closer

From UK Politics
Straw on trial over jury reform

Tatchell calls for rights probe into Mugabe

Ex-spy stays out in the cold

From UK Politics
Blair warns Livingstone

From Health
Smear equipment `misses cancers'

From Entertainment
Boyzone star gets in Christmas spirit

Fake bubbly warning

Murder jury hears dead girl's diary

From UK Politics
Germ warfare fiasco revealed

Blair babe triggers tabloid frenzy

Tourists shot by mistake

A new look for News Online