UK police arrest son of Pink Floyd guitarist after riot

Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:12am EST
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By Michael Holden

LONDON (Reuters) - The stepson of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour was arrested by police Sunday for swinging from a flag on London's memorial to war dead during riots last week, British media reported.

Charlie Gilmour, 21, was pictured dangling from the national Union Flag on the Cenotaph memorial during protests Thursday against a rise in university tuition fees. He later apologized, saying he was ashamed.

"On the morning of Sunday December 12, a 21-year-old man was arrested at his home address in Sussex," police said in a statement. A spokesman declined to confirm the man's identity.

"He was arrested by officers on suspicion of violent disorder, and attempted criminal damage of the Union Flag, on the Cenotaph on De. 9," the statement added, saying he had also been arrested on suspicion of theft.

Gilmour's arrest came as Home Secretary (interior minister) Theresa May said police must review how they dealt with protests and could use water cannon after last week's disorder.

May confirmed that Prince Charles' wife Camilla had come into "contact" with protesters who attacked the couple's limousine as they drove through central London.

Their car was kicked, a window cracked and white paint thrown over it. Media reports said Camilla was poked with stick a through an open window.

"I'm not sure about the term poked with a stick, I understand there was some contact made," May told Sky News.   Continued...