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Charlie Gilmour banned from London during Olympics
The son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour is claiming he has been banned from entering London during the Olympic Games.
Former Lancing College pupil Charlie Gilmour, who lives in Hove with his father and mother, author Polly Samson, said that he is deemed a threat because of his criminal antics during student protests in 2010.
He claimed the probation service and the Metropolitan Police had decided that he was not allowed into London while the games were running.
In an article in a national newspaper, Gilmour said: “It’s lucky I gave up my childhood dream of high-jumping for Britain because I am banned from staying in London during the Games.
“The Metropolitan Police and the probation service decided I pose too much of a threat, which shows how much faith they have in the rehabilitative powers of the British penal system.”
Gilmour was jailed for 16 months but released after four months.
Riots During a day of riots he was seen hanging from a Union flag on the Cenotaph and leaping on to the bonnet of a Jaguar car in a royal convoy.
At Kingston Crown Court he admitted violent disorder after joining thousands demonstrating in London’s Trafalgar Square and Parliament Square in 2010.
Gilmour, who was serving a prison sentence at HMP Wandsworth at the time of the London riots last August, also spoke about his fears that the jail system was desensitising criminals.
He told how prisoners cheered as parts of London went up in flames. He said: “I kept myself out of fights, but not a week went by without me seeing someone getting beaten up, or hearing about an inmate being stabbed or strangled.
“Prisons are criminal societies, and violence is what keeps the whole thing turning. Once you’ve become desensitised to violence, you think nothing of it.”
A Met spokesman said they had no comment to make on Gilmour’s claim.
A Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said they could not comment on individual cases. She added: “Offenders on probation licence are subject to a strict set of conditions and controls.
“They are liable to recall to custody if they breach their conditions or their behaviour indicates that it is no longer safe to allow them to remain in the community.”