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Fortnum and Mason sit-in charges reviewed

All 138 people charged with aggravated trespass after a sit-in at London's luxury food store Fortnum and Mason are having the cases against them reviewed.

Twenty of those facing charges over the March protest have had their cases put back until June.

District Judge Daphne Wickham described the delay as a "screening-out process" to find any defendants who should not have been charged.

A selection of cases is expected to be sent to trial at the next hearing.

Campaign group UK Uncut organised a sit-in at Fortnum & Mason, in Piccadilly, on 26 March in protest over alleged tax avoidance by the business's part-owners.

Police arrested 145 people and 138 of those were charged.

Thousands of people took part in an anti-spending cuts demonstration in the city on the same day.

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