Arrests after protesters target awards ceremony guests

The organiser of a major awards ceremony
is reviewing the venue for the event in the wake of violent protests.

Protesters were pelted guests with eggs and paint bombs as they arrived at
The Brewery in London for the CICM British Credit Awards this week.

Dubbed the ‘Bailiff’s Oscars’, the black-tie awards ceremony, organised
by Incisive Media for the Chartered Institute of Credit
Management, was hosted by television magician Paul Daniels.

Campaigners held a mock eviction outside the venue in Chiswell Street
and a woman had her handbag snatched and thrown on the floor and had to be
pulled from the crowd by a police officer.

The protests came as figures from the Ministry of
Justice showed that 42,000 homes were repossessed by landlords in England and
Wales during the year, a rate of 115 a day. This was the highest figure since
the records began in 2000.

City of London police said two men had been charged with common assault
following the protest.

CN contacted the spokesman for the venue who
said they were not willing to comment on the disruption experienced by guests
who had paid up to £4,000 for a table.

Peter Collinson, director of business development and marketing at CICM,
said the organisation had not decided whether to return to the
venue for next year’s awards.

He told CN: “We will hold a debrief next month and will make a decision
following that.” 

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