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Wednesday, July 11, 2012
A 27-year-old man has been charged after streaking during the Olympic Torch Relay.
Daniel Leer, from Lawson Road, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, was arrested following the incident which happened as the flame was carried through Henley today.
A naked man with Free Tibet written on his back was seen to run a short distance close to the torch which was about to be taken by Sir Steve Redgrave on the River Thames.
The incident was witnessed by crowds and video clips have appeared on the internet.
A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: “Following consultation with Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service a man has been charged after an incident at the Torch Relay in Henley this morning (10/7).”
Leer was released on bail to appear at Oxford Magistrates’ Court on July 25.
Later, the torch was carried on a rowing boat along the River Thames by Sir Steve, a five-times Olympic rowing gold medallist, who travelled through Henley-on-Thames in an eight-man boat using an oar with one hand.
He exchanged the Olympic flame with the previous torchbearer as he sat in the slimline vessel and, with seven other rowers and a cox, set off on a circuit of the riverbank.
The boat stopped at the Leander Club, a rowing club in Henley whose members have won 99 Olympic medals, and Sir Steve set off on a brief run to hand the flame on to the next torchbearer.