Police charge Bristol mansion squatters
Monday 02 April 2012
Five people have been charged today following a disturbance at a multimillion-pound mansion occupied by squatters.
The charges involve public order offences and assaulting police after officers were pelted with stones and bottles.
Police went to Cliftonwood House in Clifton, Bristol, at about 10.30am yesterday following complaints made over noise levels during a party on Saturday night.
Two uniformed officers came under attack when objects were thrown from the roof of the £3 million house.
After calling for back-up police arrested a total of 11 people - nine people for public-order offences and two for assaulting officers - police said.
Today Avon and Somerset Police said Daniella Price, 18, has been charged with assaulting a police officer and is due to appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court on April 23.
Ryan Woolaway is also charged with assaulting a police officer and obstructing police. He is due to appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court on April 25.
While Angelica Prestigiacomo, 19, is charged with a public order offence and due to appear at the same court on April 23.
A 17-year-old man charged with assaulting a police officer and obstructing police was due to appear at court this afternoon and another 17-year-old man was charged with a public order offence and bailed to appear at the youth court on April 23.
A man in his 20s and an 18-year-old have been bailed until April 21.
The squatters moved in last month but were facing eviction following the granting at Bristol County Court of an Order of Possession in favour of the building's owners, the Bank of Scotland.
The mansion, a former university hall of residence, was once Bristol's most expensive property - on the market for £4.2 million.
The grade II listed property has eight bedrooms, four bathrooms, an indoor swimming pool, vaulted cellar and a gym and is now thought to be worth £2.9 million.
Several of the people who were living in the house were previously part of the controversial Occupy Bristol camp located on College Green.
In the past week residents have complained to the police about golf balls being hit at them from the roof of the house.
They also say their lives have been made a misery by all-night parties held at the property.
The squatters were evicted and the property is back in the hands of the legal owners.
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