Anti-Israel protester banned from central London after throwing paint at Israeli embassy

Westminster Magistrates Court heard John Harvey caused £500 of criminal damage after throwing paint on the embassy gates


LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 23: A general view of the Israeli Embassy on March 23, 2010 in London, England. A Mossad representative at the Israel embassy in London is to be expelled after Israeli security services are alleged to have cloned British passports which aided the killing of a senior Hamas commander last month in Dubai. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

A 75-year-old anti-Israel protester who threw paint at the Israeli embassy on Armistice Day has been banned from central London, a court has heard. 

Westminster Magistrates Court heard John Harvey threw paint on the gates of the embassy in central London causing £500 of criminal damage.

Harvey, of Pamela Street in Hackney, London, admitted one count of criminal damage.

Prosecutor Adrita Ahmed said Harvey approached the embassy gates on Saturday. She said: "He threw red paint on the gates, causing £500 worth of damage."

The 75-year-old covered himself in paint while throwing it, Ms Ahmed said. She added: "Upon arrest he was cautioned. His response to caution was: 'I will probably do it again'."

Harvey was bailed on the condition he does not enter zone one unless he is attending probation meetings or court hearings.

He will appear at the same court for sentencing on December 14.

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