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


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.

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