Son of Pink Floyd star charged over student protest

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The son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour was charged Thursday with violent disorder and theft of a mannequin leg after he was pictured swinging off Britain's national war memorial during a student riot.

Charlie Gilmour, 21, was one of seven people charged by London's Metropolitan Police force and will appear at City of Westminster Magistrates' Court on February 10.

A further five people were cautioned as part of Operation Malone, which was launched by the force to investigate large scale protests which were staged in London during November and December.

The son of journalist Polly Samson, Gilmour was adopted by the Pink Floyd star after the couple married in 1994.

Gilmour said in a statement issued after the December 9 protest that he was sorry for the "terrible insult" to the country's war dead after he was pictured clambering up the Cenotaph and swinging on a British flag.

"I feel nothing but shame. Running along with a crowd of people who had just been violently repelled by the police, I got caught up in the spirit of the moment," Gilmore added.

A former model who now studies history at Britain's prestigious Cambridge University, Gilmour said he did not realise it was the Cenotaph at the time.

Police did not say where the mannequin leg was stolen from.

A car carrying Prince Charles, the heir to the throne, and his wife Camilla was attacked during the demonstration which turned violent after parliament voted in favour of raising university tuition fees as much as threefold.

Police arrested the student at his Sussex home on December 12.

© 2011 AFP

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