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Charges against churchgoer who disrupted King’s Charles proclamation dropped

by Kelly Valencia
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Symon Hill

Police have dropped charges against Symon Hill, a left-wing Christian author and activist who made anti-monarchist comments during King Charles’ proclamation in Oxford.

According to Hill, he only shouted after the part of the proclamation related to mourning the passing of Queen Elizabeth was over.

The 45-year-old was arrested and de-arrested for shouting ‘Who elected him?’ at the ceremony at Carfax Tower in Oxford in September.

He was then charged with using “disorderly behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress” and scheduled to appear in court this month.

But in a statement on Twitter on Monday, Hill announced the charges have been dropped and is now taking advice on whether to take legal action against the police.

He said: “The #CPS [Crown Prosecution Service] have dropped the charges against me! They've reversed the police decision to charge me over my objection to Charles Windsor in #Oxford. Many thanks to everyone who has supported me.  I'm now taking legal advice about action against the police. #NotMyKing #DefendDissent.”

At the time of the arrest, Hill told Premier it was his Christian faith which convicted him to disrupt the ceremony.

“I appreciate some Christians will have different views to me, but I don't know how I can declare anyone other than Jesus to be my only rightful Lord and King.

“If Charles is my only rightful Lord and King, then how can Jesus be?,” he added.

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police told Premier: “Thames Valley Police conducted an investigation following an incident at the Proclamation of the King at Carfax in Oxford on Sunday 11 September.

“The matter was referred to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for a charging decision. A charge was authorised by the CPS and a court hearing was scheduled for 31 Jan 2023.

“As part of its duty to keep cases under review the CPS has now decided to discontinue the matter.”

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