Man in court over Leeds city centre lamppost protest

PIC: Scott Merrylees

PIC: Scott Merrylees

A 25-year-old man who climbed up a lamppost in Leeds city centre for five hours, halting traffic, has appeared in court.

Daniel Bakes today pleaded not guilty to one count of causing a public nuisance in regards to the incident on Monday.

Bakes, from Hunslet, appeared in the dock wearing a black tee shirt and flanked by three dock officers.

During the 15-minute hearing at Leeds Magistrates’ Court, Bakes confirmed his name, date of birth and address.

Bakes, who receives ESA benefits, was remanded in custody to appear back at before magistrates next week via videolink for a second remand hearing.

There were long tailbacks in the city centre for most of Monday after police closed surrounding roads.

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