Following an Animal Rebellion demonstration in which participants spilt milk over store floors in central London, police have prosecuted two persons on suspicion of causing criminal damage and theft.
Both Sofia Fernandes Pontes, 26, of Islington and Stephen Bone, 40, of Essex were charged this morning with two charges of theft and two counts of criminal damage.
A man and a woman have been prosecuted after acts of criminal damage at two stores in the heart of London on Friday afternoon, according to a Metropolitan Police spokeswoman.
The milk stolen from the stores and utilized in the criminal damage is the subject of the theft charges.
In a demonstration against dairy products, Animal Rebellion, a branch of the Extinction Rebellion organization, posted footage of vegan activists spilling milk over Fortnum & Mason and Selfridges on Friday.
In conjunction with a string of demonstrations by Animal Rebellion, Scotland Yard said that 27 persons were detained yesterday, including Mr. Bone and Ms. Fernandes Pontes, who were detained in Green Park.
This weekend, Animal Rebellion urged “all vegans to occupy London” to demand that the government aid farmers in the shift to a “plant-based future.”
According to a police spokeswoman, Mr. Bone is still being held and will show up in court on Monday, October 10 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
Having been granted bail, Ms. Fernandes Pontes, a student and mother from the Portuguese island of Madeira who teaches yoga to small children, will show up in court on November 7th.
The 26-year-old is listed as the creator of Parezy, an app characterized as a “virtual one-stop service provider for families with children in the early years sector,” according to her LinkedIn page, which calls her a “environmentalist aiding families and the earth.”
Since August 2021, Ms. Ferndandes Pontes, popularly known as “fifi” on Instagram, has posted information about activism. This encompasses a range of protests against fossil fuels and animals.