Four men arrested at Rishi Sunak's North Yorkshire home

25 June 2024, 15:44 | Updated: 25 June 2024, 19:58

Four men have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass in the grounds of the prime minister's home, police have confirmed.

The incident took place at Rishi Sunak's constituency address in Kirby Sigston, North Yorkshire, while he was attending events linked to the Japanese state visit in London.

A statement from the local force said officers were "with the four men within one minute of them entering the grounds".

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The arrests are connected to a protest by the Youth Demand campaign group, which has staged a number of actions against both the Conservative government's performance and Labour's proposed policies.

A spokesperson for the group said three of those arrested were taking part in the demonstration, while a fourth was an independent photographer.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: "They were detained at around 12.40pm before being escorted off the property and arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass.

"The men aged 52 from London, 43 from Bolton, 21 from Manchester, and 20 from Chichester, remain in police custody for questioning and enquiries are ongoing."

It comes after a separate incident last summer, where protesters scaled the roof of Mr Sunak's home.

They held up "no new oil" banners and draped the building in fabric while the prime minister and his family were away on holiday in California.

Amy Rugg-Easey, 33, Alexandra Wilson, 32, and Michael Grant, 64, and Mathieu Soete, 38, have pleaded not guilty to criminal damage, with a two-day trial set to take place in July.