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Man, 75, admits to throwing red paint on Israeli embassy on Armistice Day

A 75-year-old man has pleaded guilty to throwing red paint over the Israeli embassy on Armistice Day.

John Harvey of Pamela Street, Hackney, was seen to approach the gates of the Israeli embassy, in Palace Green, South Kensington, at around 9.15am on November 11.

He was carrying a carrier bag, which officers later found had contained the tin of paint.

Harvey put the bag on the floor outside the embassy’s front gate and aimed the red paint and the tin towards the building. 

The paint covered the gate and the floor and also went on Harvey. He was arrested at the scene by officers who were on patrol in the area.

Harvey was charged with criminal damage, which he pleaded guilty to on November 13, at Westminster Magistrates’ Court. 

He was released on court bail to appear for sentencing at the same court on December 14. 

Police Constable Kat Lloyd, investigating, said: “Any incident of this nature is distressing for people to witness, and it is unacceptable that the embassy was deliberately damaged in this way.

“At no point did Harvey gain entry to the embassy grounds during the incident, and he was dealt with swiftly at the scene by officers.

“This was a targeted act of criminal damage and now Harvey has admitted his guilt, we await sentencing.” 

Picture top: John Harvey on the day of his arrest (Picture: The Met)

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