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Climate change protesters appear in Edinburgh court

Police at Gogarburn camp
Image caption Climate change activists were protesting against RBS's investments in the oil industry

Five climate change activists have come before Edinburgh Sheriff Court over the Royal Bank of Scotland protests.

Giovanna Speciale, 38 and Tim Gee, 25, both from London, along with Cara Whelan, from Caredigion, Wales, denied breaches of the peace.

Eleanor Smith, 24, from London, denied painting graffiti on RBS bins and Martin Wallace, 58, from France, denied assaulting a policeman.

The Gogurburn climate camp was set up in protest at RBS's oil investments.

All five were granted bail on the special conditions that they left Edinburgh by 1900 BST on Monday and that they did not enter the city unless attending court or pre-arranged meetings with their solicitor.

They were also told not to go within 500 yards of the RBS HQ at Gogurburn.

Mr Speciale, Mr Gee and Ms Whelan are accused of committing a breach of the peace on 23 August at a branch of the RBS in Nicolson Street by preventing customers from entering and by chanting slogans and gluing themselves to each other and the entrance door of the premises.

Ms Smith was accused of painting graffiti on eight bins belonging to the bank on the Royal Mile on 23 August and damaging them.

Mr Wallace was accused of assaulting Sgt Kevin Storey of Lothian and Borders Police at Gogarburn Bridge on 22 August by rubbing his head, which had nettles attached, against the policeman's arm.

He was also accused of assaulting unknown officers by attempting to strike them with a stick or similar instrument.

A total of 18 people have been arrested since the Climate Camp was set up in Gogurburn last Thursday.

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