What’s the statue of a slave trader worth?

IssueMarch 2021
News by David Polden

In December, the Bristol police charged four people with criminal damage to the statue of Edward Colston. The bronze statue was removed from its plinth and tipped into the harbour by anti-racist demonstrators on 7 June 2020. No arrests were made at the time.

Rhian Graham (29), Milo Ponsford (25), Jake Skuse (32) and Sage Willoughby (21) appeared for a plea and directions hearing on 25 January.

Bristol city council, who recovered the statue of the 17th-century slave trader from the dock, reckon the value of damage at £3,750.

The 10,000-strong Bristol demonstration in June was part of a wave of protests around the world organised by Black Lives Matter in reaction to the killing of George Floyd and other black people by US police officers.