Northampton Man Admits Damage To Parliament

28 July 2015, 14:07

A Northampton man has admitted climbing on to the roof of Parliament and causing £5,500 of damage in an eight-hour stand-off with police.

Braydon Anderson, 23, managed to get on top of the historic building on March 7 this year, after thousands of protesters attended a rally there against climate change.

He broke a gold-painted ornamental crown off a colonnade which decorated the Palace of Westminster, and then used it and a broom handle to smash windows.

Anderson broke a stained glass window, 11 other windows and a CCTV camera during the spree.

His presence on the Palace of Westminster sparked a security alert, and fire and ambulance crews and police were scrambled to the scene. He engaged officers in an eight-hour stand-off before being arrested at 5.15am the following day.

Anderson, of Portland Place in Northampton, admitted criminal damage.

Wearing a blue long-sleeved top, he appeared at London's Southwark Crown Court and spoke only to confirm his name and enter his guilty plea. The incident prompted Parliament to re-examine its security, with Speaker John Bercow telling MPs that immediate remedial actions were being taken to address security failings.

Judge Deborah Taylor adjourned the case until September 1 for sentence at the same court.

A pre-sentence report has been ordered and a psychiatric report has been carried out.

Mr Anderson was remanded in custody until the sentencing hearing.