Page last updated at 20:27 GMT, Tuesday, 5 July 2005 21:27 UK

Court appearances for G8 accused

Masked protester with police officers
One of the protesters during Monday's unrest in Edinburgh

Protesters arrested during anti-G8 violence in Edinburgh have been appearing in court.

Police said 100 arrests were made during the trouble in and around Princes Street in the city centre.

Many of those appearing from custody at Edinburgh Sheriff Court are charged with breach of the peace. Others face drugs, weapons and obstruction charges.

Security at the court building is tight and public access restricted. Three courts are dealing with the accused.

Demonstrators fought running battles with 1,000 police on Monday.

The police have been accused of using too much force but they insist their response was "proportionate".

Vehicle rocking

Shouts could be heard from a Reliance prisoner escort van as it arrived at the court. The vehicle then began rocking as if the sides were being pushed from within.

As some of the accused left following their court appearances, they complained about the police tactics, which they said were unnecessarily heavy-handed.

The first six people to appear in court were from Britain although other accused are believed to be from continental Europe.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court, where the accused are appearing
Edinburgh Sheriff Court, where the accused are appearing

First from the cells was John Mackie, 33, from Midlothian, who denied breaching the peace. He was remanded in custody until a trial on 2 August.

Steven Pailing, 22, a student in Leeds, also pleaded not guilty to a breach of the peace and an alternative charge of contravening section 41(1)(a) of the Police (Scotland) Act 1967.

Like others, he was granted bail on condition that he does not enter the city of Edinburgh district or the local authority areas of Perth and Kinross and Stirling and that he signs in daily at his local police station up to and including 10 July.

William Deans, 39, from London, admitted breach of the peace and was fined £300.

Jason Ervis, 26, England. Pleaded guilty to breach of the peace. Fined £350.

David MacLennan, 21, Scotland. Charged with contravention of Section 1(1)(a) of the Firearms Act 1968. Bail granted on special conditions.

Jose Adeva, 27, Edinburgh. Charged with breach of the peace. Bailed on special conditions.


Update 27 January 2010: The initial version of this story included a list of all those who appeared in court on a range of charges. A number of those named were subsequently either cleared or had the changes dropped.



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