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Student on public decency charge

A student has been charged after a photograph of a man urinating on a war memorial in Sheffield was published on a national newspaper's website.

The Daily Mail website claimed the picture had been taken as students took part in a drinking session on Sunday.

Philip Laing, 19, a sports technology student at Sheffield Hallam University, will appear in court next Thursday accused of outraging public decency.

He has since issued an apology for his behaviour, through the university.

Mr Laing said: "I am deeply ashamed of this photograph and I am sincerely sorry for my behaviour.

"I didn't realise how much alcohol I had consumed that night and also hadn't eaten since lunchtime, which worsened the effect.

"I have no recollection of the events in the photograph, although I recognise that this does not excuse my actions.

"I apologise unreservedly for any offence I may have caused."

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