Men who ate dead squirrels outside vegan stall in London fined

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Two men who ate dead and uncooked squirrels outside a Soho vegan food stall have been convicted of a public order offence and fined.

Deonisy Khlebnikov, 22, and Gatis Lagzdins, 29, bit into the furry animals at the Soho Vegan Food Market in Rupert Street on 30 March this year.

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The pair denied using disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress at a trial at City of London Magistrates' Court last month. They were found guilty yesterday [Monday, 22 July].

Natalie Clines, from the CPS, said: "Deonisy Khlebnikov and Gatis Lagzdins claimed they were against veganism and were raising awareness about the dangers of not eating meat when they publicly consumed raw squirrels.

"But by choosing to do this outside a vegan food stall and continuing with their disgusting and unnecessary behaviour despite requests to stop, including from a parent whose child was upset by their actions, the prosecution was able to demonstrate that they had planned and intended to cause distress to the public.

"Their pre-meditated actions caused significant distress to members of the public, including young children."

Khlebnikov was fined £200 plus costs and a surcharge. Lagzdins, who did not show up to the hearing, was fined £400 plus costs and a surcharge.

Notes to editors

  • Deonisy Khlebnikov [DOB: 09.01.1997] is from Westminster.
  • Gatis Lagzdins [DOB: 27.11.1989] is from Ealing.
  • Both denied using disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress at City of London Magistrates' Court on Friday, 14 June. The verdict and sentence was delivered on Monday, 22 July at Westminster Magistrates' Court.
  • Natalie Clines is a senior crown prosecutor within the magistrates' unit at CPS London South.

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