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Guilty verdicts for five Critical Mass participants arrested on night of Olympic opening ceremony

One found not guilty, while three other defendants were discharged during course of trial which began earlier this month

Five cyclists arrested during Critical Mass on the night of the Olympic Games opening ceremony last July have been found guilty at Westminster Magistrates' Court of offences relating to a breach of section 12 of the Public Order Act. Nine people originally went on trial earlier this month from a total of 182 people originally arrested, but three were discharged earlier on during the proceedings, while one was found not guilty today.

So far, there is no news on sentencing. Our report on the background to the trial can be found here.




Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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