London 2012: Charges over Leyton Marsh venue protest

A tent and campaign poster
Image caption Protesters were removed from the site at Leyton Marshes on Tuesday

Four people have appeared in court charged with public order offences over a protest against the building of an Olympic basketball training facility.

Three men and a woman were arrested when police evicted up to 30 people blocking access to the building site at Leyton Marsh in east London.

They were charged with breaching the Public Order Act and appeared at Thames Magistrates' Court.

The demonstrators had been camped at the site since last week.

A Crown Prosecution Service spokesman said Simon Moore, 29, and Daniel Ashman, 27, both careworkers of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty with Anita Olivacce, 25, unemployed, of no fixed abode, at Thames Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

They were fined £200 each but refused to pay and were sentenced to five days in prison, the spokesman confirmed.

Conor Murray, 24, pleaded not guilty and will appear at Stratford Magistrates' Court on 1 June.

The High Court granted a possession order last Thursday allowing the eviction of the protesters.

Bailiffs and Metropolitan Police officers arrived at the site at about 08:00 BST on Tuesday.

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