Four people appear in court in connection with pulling down the Edward Colston statue

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A heavy police presence was outside court today (Mon) as four people appeared in connection with pulling down the Edward Colston statue.

Officers escorted several protestors away after previously warning people would be fined up to 10K for gathering outside.

Rhian Graham, 29, Milo Ponsford, 25, Jake Skuse, 32, and Sage Willoughby, 21, were due at Bristol Magistrates Court today.

One woman wrote 'support the Colston four' in chalk outside the court - and was then spoken to by police in a van.

Another man stood outside the court holding a plaque showing the words - 'Slave trade, now arms trade. Bristol… wake up!'

As the man walked away - dressed in camouflage and with his face covered - he soon stopped and was also taken to a police van by cops.

Another protestor rode his bike around the area carrying a boombox loudly playing music.

He was also put in the back of a police van - after multiple requests for him to leave the area.

Police had warned those wishing to gather they would be fined, and moved swiftly to send interested spectators on their way.