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Brexit protests: Man charged with Eddie Izzard beret theft

Eddie Izzard stands alongside pro-Europe protesters Image copyright PA
Image caption Eddie Izzard's beret has since been taken away by police as evidence

A man has been charged with theft after comedian Eddie Izzard had his pink beret snatched during a pro-Europe rally in London.

Mr Izzard was walking with thousands of March for Europe demonstrators along Whitehall on Saturday when his hat was taken.

The comedian gave chase in high heels and retrieved his headwear with the help of police.

David Czerwonko, 26, of Clitherow Road, Brentford, has been charged with theft.

He was bailed until 19 September when he will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court, police said.

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Image caption Eddie Izzard joined demonstrators including campaigner Peter Tatchell on the march route
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Image caption The comedian and activist addressed demonstrators in Parliament Square during the rally

The beret has since been taken away by police as evidence.

The comedian had addressed crowds in Parliament Square during the event.

Protests were also held in Edinburgh, Birmingham, Oxford, Cambridge and Bristol, calling for the UK to strengthen its ties to the continent following the Brexit vote.

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