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Man fined over Bristol Remembrance parade disruption

Jose Da Silveria on his skateboard
Image caption The court was told there was a "strong reaction" to Da Silveria's actions

A man who gatecrashed a Remembrance Sunday parade on a skateboard wearing a pink outfit and mask has apologised for causing offence.

Jose Da Silveria, 38, was fined £65 and told to pay £105 in costs after admitting a public order offence.

Bristol Magistrates' Court was told Da Silveria was seen wearing striped tights, pink frilly knickers, a corset and a red and black face cover.

John Roberts, defending, said the act was "not any form of protest".

'Dresses eccentrically'

He said Da Silveria had stopped receiving treatment for psychiatric problems but since his arrest his treatment had recommenced.

"My client apologises unreservedly for any offence he may have caused to anybody," Mr Roberts said.

"He dresses eccentrically and his intention was to go to College Green but he seems to have got into the cordon.

"He says he was in a world of his own and he didn't take in his surroundings."

Prosecutor May Li told the court that Da Silveria was seen riding his skateboard towards the Cenotaph, where large crowds had gathered to watch the parade.

"He was causing harassment, alarm or distress to the public and there was a strong reaction to his presence," she added.

Da Silveria, of Somerset House, Lawfords Gate, pleaded guilty to an offence under the Public Order Act of using threatening words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

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