AN ANTI-OLYMPICS campaigner appeared in court today charged with criminal damage and possession of a bladed article.
Edward Hill, 62, of Foyle Road, Blackheath, pleaded not guilty to the charges at Woolwich Magistrates Court and opted to be tried by jury at Crown Court.
The activist is accused of using a kitchen knife to cut feather markers showing where equestrian events are due to take place at Greenwich Park during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
He is also alleged to have used the knife to dig into the ground in the royal park on September 23 this year.
Dave Townsend, for the Prosecution told magistrates: “This is our first anti-Olympics case.”
Mr Hill, who appeared without representation, was told that the magistrates could deal with the case.
But the defendant, who is a local artist and member of Transition Westcombe, opted for a jury trial at Woolwich Crown Court despite being warned that costs of £1,500 could be payable if convicted.
He was granted unconditional bail pending his next appearance at Woolwich Magistrates Court next month for committal to Crown Court.