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Two charged following Portsmouth Arts Lodge centre eviction

Police at Arts Lodge Image copyright Chantelle Burton
Image caption Pictures of police action at the Arts Lodge were posted on social media

Two people have been charged following a dispute over a Portsmouth arts centre.

Police were called by city council staff carrying out an eviction at the Arts Lodge in Victoria Park on Tuesday. One officer sustained a knee injury.

Mark Lewis, 48, and Alison Brett, 51 were charged with assaulting a constable in the execution of their duty.

They are both due to appear before magistrates on 9 March.

Mr Lewis was also charged with possession of cannabis and using threatening behaviour with intent to cause fear of, or provoke, unlawful violence.

A 23-year-old man from Portsmouth received a police caution.

A 52-year-old man and a 28-year-old man were released with no further action.

Image caption Portsmouth City Council changed the locks on the venue

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