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Protesters deny criminal damage after Rishi Sunak’s home draped in anti-oil banners

Four protesters have pleaded not guilty to criminal damage after Greenpeace activists draped Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s home with anti-oil and gas banners last year.

Amy Rugg-Easey, 33, Alexandra Wilson, 32, and Michael Grant, 64, appeared at York Magistrates’ Court over the demonstration at Mr Sunak’s house in Kirby Sigston, near Northallerton, on 3 August.

A fourth protester, Mathieu Soete, 38, appeared via videolink for the hearing on Thursday.

The four defendants denied the charge of damaging roof slates to a value of less than £5,000 belonging to Mr Sunak and Akshata Murty.

District Judge Adrian Lower set a date of 23 July for the start of the two-day trial.

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