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Woman who disrupted PM's Christmas lights switch-on fined
8:50am Friday 15th March 2013 in News
A PROTESTER who tried to leap over crowd control barriers shouting the Prime Minister had “blood on his hands” as he switched on Christmas lights was yesterday found guilty of a public order offence.
Bethan Tichborne had wanted to protest against Government cuts leading to the deaths of people with disabilities when she tried to climb over the barrier with a home-made placard in front of shocked schoolchildren.
The 28-year-old was convicted of the public order offence of using threatening words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress after a one-day trial at Oxford Magistrates’ Court.
Oxford University graduate Tichborne, of Campbell Road, Oxford, attempted to make her protest heard as Mr Cameron took to the stage to turn on the Christmas lights in his Witney constituency last November 30.
District Judge Tim Pattinson said: “It is difficult to think of a clearer example of disorderly behaviour than to climb or attempt to climb a barrier at a highly security-sensitive public occasion.”
He ordered her to pay a £225 fine, a victim surcharge of £22 and to make a contribution of £500 towards court costs.