Four people are to go on trial accused of criminal damage in relation to the toppling of a statue of slave trader Edward Colston.
Rhian Graham, 29, Milo Ponsford, 25, Jake Skuse, 36, and Sage Willoughby, 21, will go on trial at Bristol Crown Court after denying charges of criminal damage.
Charges allege that the four defendants, together with “others unknown”, damaged the Colston statue and plinth of a value unknown without lawful excuse.
Graham is of Colston Road, Bristol, Ponsford is of Otter Close, Bishopstoke, Hampshire, Skuse is of Farley Close, Bristol, and Willoughby is of Gloucester Road, Bristol. They are all on unconditional bail.
Legal representatives of three of the defendants said they would fight the charges “vigorously”.