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Vegan activist ‘smashed up McDonald’s in anti-meat protest’

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Dylan Roffey is charged with criminal damage and resisting a police officer (Picture: PA)
Dylan Roffey is charged with felony injury and resisting a police officer (Picture: PA)

A vegan activist was a part of a mob of 20 who ‘overwhelmed’ safety at McDonald’s and ‘threw red paint across the premises’, a court docket has heard.

Activists stormed into the Brighton quick meals chain on May 17, holding indicators and chanting by means of a megaphone.

A variety of protesters gathered exterior Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Thursday in help of Dylan Roffey, who’s standing trial in reference to the incident earlier this 12 months.

Roffey is charged with felony injury and resisting a police officer.

She denies the offences.

The 24-year-old appeared in court docket carrying a T-shirt with a slogan that learn ‘meat the victims’.

McDonald’s assistant supervisor Robert Frost, who was in cost of the restaurant on the night the incident occurred, informed the court docket that between 10 and 20 protesters had arrived at about 7.30pm.

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Undated handout photo issued by DxeBrighton of Dylan Roffey, 24, outside Brighton Magistrates Court where she is standing trial charged with criminal damage and resisting a police officer. Vegan activist Roffey was charged after protesters entered a McDonald's on May 17 wearing pig and chicken masks and red 'blood' was thrown around. PA Photo. Issue date: Thursday September 12, 2019. See PA story COURTS Vegan. Photo credit should read: DxeBrighton/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 12, 2019. See PA story COURTS Vegan. Photo credit should read: DxeBrighton/PA Wire Undated handout photo issued by DxeBrighton of Dylan Roffey, 24 outside XXXX Court where she is on trial for criminal damage. PA Photo. Issue date: Thursday September 12, 2019. See PA story COURTS Vegan. Photo credit should read: DxeBrighton/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 12, 2019. See PA story COURTS Vegan. Photo credit should read: DxeBrighton/PA Wire
Dylan Roffey, 24, is charged with felony injury and resisting a police officer (Picture: PA)

He mentioned: ‘They overwhelmed safety.

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‘One of them had a loudspeaker chanting slogans about how there’s animals being killed and so they started throwing crimson paint, to point out blood, throughout the premises.

‘Some of the customers were quite upset.’

Mr Frost mentioned he known as the police and most of the protesters began to depart, however one lady refused.

He mentioned the following factor he noticed was officers having to tug her up and take her exterior.

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Undated handout photo issued by DxeBrighton of Vegan activist Dylan Roffey wearing a pig mask during a protest in a McDonald's on May 17 where red 'blood' was thrown around. Roffey, 24, is standing trial at Brighton Magistrates Court charged with criminal damage and resisting a police officer. PA Photo. Issue date: Thursday September 12, 2019. See PA story COURTS Vegan. Photo credit should read: DxeBrighton/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 12, 2019. See PA story COURTS Vegan. Photo credit should read: DxeBrighton/PA Wire Undated handout photo issued by DxeBrighton of Dylan Roffey, 24 outside XXXX Court where she is on trial for criminal damage. PA Photo. Issue date: Thursday September 12, 2019. See PA story COURTS Vegan. Photo credit should read: DxeBrighton/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 12, 2019. See PA story COURTS Vegan. Photo credit should read: DxeBrighton/PA Wire
Vegan activist Dylan Roffey carrying a pig masks throughout a protest in the McDonald’s on May 17 (Picture: PA)
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Undated handout photo issued by DxeBrighton of Vegan activist Dylan Roffey wearing a pig mask during a protest in a McDonald's on May 17 where red 'blood' was thrown around. Roffey, 24, is standing trial at Brighton Magistrates Court charged with criminal damage and resisting a police officer. PA Photo. Issue date: Thursday September 12, 2019. See PA story COURTS Vegan. Photo credit should read: DxeBrighton/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 12, 2019. See PA story COURTS Vegan. Photo credit should read: DxeBrighton/PA Wire Undated handout photo issued by DxeBrighton of Dylan Roffey, 24 outside XXXX Court where she is on trial for criminal damage. PA Photo. Issue date: Thursday September 12, 2019. See PA story COURTS Vegan. Photo credit should read: DxeBrighton/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 12, 2019. See PA story COURTS Vegan. Photo credit should read: DxeBrighton/PA Wire
Activists stormed into the Brighton quick meals chain on May 17 (Picture: PA)
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Undated handout photo issued by DxeBrighton of Dylan Roffey, 24, (right) alongside supporters outside Brighton Magistrates Court where she is standing trial charged with criminal damage and resisting a police officer. Vegan activist Roffey was charged after protesters entered a McDonald's on May 17 wearing pig and chicken masks and red 'blood' was thrown around. PA Photo. Issue date: Thursday September 12, 2019. See PA story COURTS Vegan. Photo credit should read: DxeBrighton/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 12, 2019. See PA story COURTS Vegan. Photo credit should read: DxeBrighton/PA Wire Undated handout photo issued by DxeBrighton of Dylan Roffey, 24 outside XXXX Court where she is on trial for criminal damage. PA Photo. Issue date: Thursday September 12, 2019. See PA story COURTS Vegan. Photo credit should read: DxeBrighton/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder. Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 12, 2019. See PA story COURTS Vegan. Photo credit should read: DxeBrighton/PA Wire
Dylan Roffey (proper) alongside supporters exterior Brighton Magistrates Court (Picture: PA)

Roffey’s solicitor, Meredoc McMinn, sought to have the resisting a police officer cost dismissed on the premise of ‘unreasonable force’.

He mentioned: ‘These were protesters who went into McDonald’s and poured some colored dye with water.

‘I might submit that the drive was unreasonable and extreme.

‘She could not have been obstructing the officer, because he agreed she was not able to move.’

District decide Amanda Kelly declined to dismiss the cost and the case continues.

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