Eubank bailed in No 10 arrest

Former boxer Chris Eubank has been released on police bail after he was arrested for possession of a bladed instrument during a one-man protest at Downing Street.

The flamboyant showman was originally arrested yesterday after crashing his huge truck into a delivery van while trying to block the gates of Downing Street to protest against the military occupation of Iraq.

He was taken to Charing Cross police station in central London, where a blade was allegedly found during a search.

He was released on bail last night and must report to a police station at a date yet to be confirmed.

The bizarre sequence of events began when the former world middleweight champion failed to get arrested after parking his lorry, which bore the slogan, "Tony Blair military occupation causes terrorism", outside Downing Street.

A police officer refused to arrest Eubank - who had sounded his truck's horn for up to a minute - instead issuing him with a ticket for careless driving.


Undeterred, Eubank drove off, but reappeared 30 minutes later.

He swung his truck, registration KO1, into Downing Street and crashed into the van, denting its bumper and smashing its headlight.

"He just reversed into me without looking. I can't really say anymore," the van driver said.

After being ordered out of the vehicle, Eubank held both fists in the air as he was driven away in a police car.

Speaking before his arrest, the extrovert said he

felt compelled to highlight the injustices of the military occupation in Iraq.

"The military occupation doesn't work. All it does is cause more terror," he said.

"If I come in to your house with a gun, people will react against me. It's called terrorism."

His spokesman added: "Chris feels that what Tony

Blair is doing is fuelling terrorism. His feelings were so strong he was prepared to be arrested."

Further arrest

But, speaking later, the spokesman refused to discuss Eubank's further arrest at the police station.

A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said: "A blue articulated vehicle parked outside Downing Street, blocking the gates.

"The driver, a man in his 30s, was spoken to by officers at the scene and was reported for driving without due care and attention and failing to stop for police."

Referring to Eubank's final protest attempt, the spokeswoman said: "There was a collision with a delivery vehicle and the man was arrested for criminal damage.

"While at a police station a man was further arrested for possession of a bladed instrument."

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