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Friday, January 20, 2023 – An extinction Rebellion protester who allegedly threw eggs at the King during a visit to York has pleaded not guilty to threatening behaviour.
Patrick Thelwell appeared at York Magistrates’ Court charged with a public order offence relating to the incident on November 9.
Wearing a top that exposed his midriff, Thelwell, 23, pleaded not guilty to using threatening or abusive words or behaviour.
Thelwell’s solicitor, Nicola Hall, said the issues at trial would include whether his actions ‘were part of legitimate protest’ and whether they ‘looked likely to cause fear of unlawful violence’.
‘He would take the view his actions were necessary and part of a protest against the establishment,’ Ms. Hall told the court.
Thelwall is an Extinction Rebellion protester who previously stood as a candidate for the Green Party in the 2019 local elections in York.
Senior District Judge Paul Goldspring released Thelwell on unconditional bail until his trial at the same court on April 14.
On November 9, the King and Queen Consort were arriving in York to unveil a statue of the late Queen at York Minster and were being welcomed by local dignitaries, when a man in the crowd threw four eggs, all of which missed.
Charles and Camilla were ushered away by security shortly after the incident.
Last week Harry May, 21, was fined £100 and ordered to pay £85 for an egg attack on the King when he visited Luton in December.
May told police the egging was motivated by his belief that the King’s visit to ‘deprived and poor’ Luton, was ‘in bad taste’, prosecutors said.