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Olympic torch: Man charged after 'Free Tibet' streak

  • 10 July 2012
  • From the section UK
Media captionRelay spectator Jordan Hutchins caught the moment the streaker made his appearance

A man has been charged with indecent exposure after a streaker ran naked across the front of the torch convoy as it travelled through Henley.

The streaker had "Free Tibet" written on his back and ran a short distance past crowds waiting to see the torch relay beside the River Thames.

Daniel Leer, 27, from Henley-on-Thames has been released on bail to appear at Oxford Magistrates' Court on 25 July.

Officers tackled him and covered him up, said the BBC's Priya Patel.

Assistant Chief Constable John Campbell, overseeing the torch relay policing operation, said: "This was an isolated incident that was quickly dealt with by police officers and thankfully did not disrupt the torch relay as it passed through Henley.

"The torch relay events of yesterday and today have been attended by thousands of people who lined the routes through towns and villages, and seemed to have really enjoyed this once in a lifetime experience, and we have every confidence that this will continue."

The incident took place shortly before five-times gold medal winner Sir Steve Redgrave rowed with the torch on the Thames.

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