A fourth protester has been charged with criminal damage after Greenpeace activists draped the Prime Minister’s constituency home with anti-oil and gas banners last year.

On Tuesday it was announced that Mathieu Soete, 38, Amy Rugg-Easey, 33, and Alexandra Wilson, 32, had been charged with a single offence of criminal damage following a protest at Rishi Sunak’s home in Kirby Sigston near Northallerton in August.

North Yorkshire Police said today (Thursday, February 22)  a fourth man, Michael Grant, 64, has now also been charged and will appear with his co-defendants at York Magistrates’ Court on March 21.

Rosemary Ainslie, head of the CPS special crime division, said: “The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendants are active and that they have the right to a fair trial.

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“It is extremely important there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”

At the time of the protest, Greenpeace said that no damage was caused to the property and they had chosen to carry it out when the Prime Minister and his family were on holiday in California.