Man held over royal convoy attack

LONDON (AFP) – Police have arrested a 34-year-old man over the attack on Prince Charles’ convoy during a student riot.

A car carrying the heir to the throne and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, was attacked on December 9 last year as they made their way to a gala performance in London.

The incident happened after a major student protest outside parliament over university tuition fees.

“A man has been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and criminal damage in relation to the attack on the royal convoy seen during the incidents of disorder on December 9,” the Metropolitan Police said on Wednesday.

He was arrested after attending a west London police station by prior appointment and remains in custody.

Police have already questioned at least two other men in connection with the incident.

Charlie Gilmour, son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, has been charged with violent disorder over the attack.

The 21-year-old allegedly sat on the front of a car carrying royal protection officers which was in Charles and Camilla’s three-car convoy.

He is also alleged to have thrown a rubbish bin at the convoy, hitting a car, but not the one containing the royals.

And a third man, 42, has been arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.

Last December, as the government narrowly won a vote on plans to double the basic level of annual tuition fees at English universities, thousands of demonstrators protested and some went on the rampage through London.

Members of parliament voted to raise the fees to £6,000, with an upper limit of £9,000, from next year.

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