Beef Barony scion charged after riot

5 November 1999

‘ Beef Barony ’ scion charged after riot

A MEMBER of the Vestey family — the “Beef Barons of Britain” — was charged yesterday (Thursday) with a public order offence by police investigating a demonstration in June which deteriorated into a riot.

Mark Brown, 35, the unemployed vegetarian grandson of Sir Derek Vestey, was charged by the City of London police.

Mr Brown will face City magistrates next month, accused of failing to give police notice of a public procession.

He was arrested by City officers examining the background of the Carnival Against Global Capitalism march on 18 June, held to coincide with the G8 summit.

The demonstration developed into a riot which caused damage estimated at £2 million and led to 46 arrests.

City police say Mr Brown was not being linked to the organisation of the violence, nor that he was involved in the violent acts.

The Vestey family fortune came from wholesale meat supply and the Dewhurst chain.

Mr Brown, from Notting Hill, is said to draw £44,000 a year from a trust.

  • The Times 05/11/99 page 6
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