Ex-police adviser vows to fight racially aggravated offence charge

A former race relations adviser to the police has vowed to fight a prosecution in court after being charged with a racially aggravated offence.

Judah Adunbi, also known as Ras, was arrested at his Bristol home on April 18 and will appear in court next month.

Adunbi, of Easton, Bristol, was charged with a racially aggravated public order offence following an alleged incident at a betting shop on the city's Stapleton Road on March 29.

The 64-year-old, who is a former member of the Independent Advisory Group to Avon and Somerset Police, has been released on conditional bail to appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court on May 22.

Tony Murphy, of Bhatt Murphy Solicitors, issued a statement on behalf of his client.

"Ras Judah has a long history of challenging racism in all its forms and he shall be resisting this prosecution," Mr Murphy said.

Claire Boddie court case
Claire Boddie, of Avon and Somerset Police, is due in court on Monday for a pre-trial hearing (Ben Birchall/PA)

Last year, Adunbi was allegedly hit in the face by a police officer using a Taser in Colston Road, Easton.

A video of the alleged incident was widely shared on social media.

Pc Claire Boddie, of Avon and Somerset Police, is due in court on Monday for a pre-trial hearing in relation to that case.

She denies a charge of common assault.

In a statement, the Justice 4 Judah campaign called on the public to support Adunbi at court.

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"We encourage campaign supporters to gather outside Bristol Magistrates' Court this coming Monday at 1.30pm to show some solidarity," the statement added.

Avon and Somerset Police said in a statement: "A 64-year-old man has been charged with a racially aggravated public order offence following an incident at a betting shop in Stapleton Road, Bristol on March 29.

"Ras Adunbi, of Easton in Bristol, was arrested on April 18 and subsequently charged with a racially aggravated public order offence.

"He has been released on conditional bail to appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court on May 22."

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