Rag 'n' Bone man's circus-loving sister is one of the Edward Colston vandals

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Rag ‘n’ Bone man’s circus-loving sister, the carpenter who lives in a motorhome and the activist who wanted to topple statue when he was 11: The Colston vandals revealed

Rhian Graham, 30, Milo Ponsford, 26, Sage Willoughby, 22, and Jake Skuse, 33, were cleared of all criminal damage charges at Bristol Crown Court on Wednesday. 

The bronze memorial to the 17th century merchant was pulled down in Bristol on June 7, 2020 during a wave of Black Lives Matter protests. 

It was later dumped in the harbour during an anti-racism demonstration, one of the many that swept the globe in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

The backgrounds of the four protesters emerged later on Wednesday.

As well as being the half-sister of musician Rory Graham, who performs as the Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Graham says online that she loves ‘anything circus’ and is a trained ‘aerial hoop artist’.  

The bronze memorial to the 17th century merchant Edward Colston was pulled down on June 7 last year during a Black Lives Matter protest, and was later dumped in the harbour (pictured)

Ponsford works as a carpenter and lives in a motorhome, whilst Willoughby said in court that he had been signing petitions to have the statue removed ‘since he was 11 years old’. 

In a page on jobs website Mandy.com, Ms Graham, who provided one of the ropes used to pull the statue down, said she has been ‘singing and dancing’ she she was a child and more recently performed as an ‘aerial hoop artist’. 

The Bristol resident added on LinkedIn: ‘I love anything circus, festivals and creating temporary spaces for people to experience.’

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