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Victory for boat race protester in battle against deportation

Trenton Oldfield has won an appeal to stay in the UK, more than a year after disrupting the annual Oxford Cambridge boat race

Oldfield, who co-founded the architecture platform This is Not A Gateway, was told by an immigration judge today (9 December) that his appeal against deportation would be upheld.

Rejecting a Home Office decision, the judge, Kevin Moren said: ‘There is no doubt in my view as to your character and your commitment and how valuable you are to UK society’ – reported The Daily Telegraph.

The 37-year old Australian national was asked to leave the country this summer shortly after completing six weeks of a six month jail sentence. According to the Home Office Oldfield’s presence in the UK had not been ‘conducive to the public good’.

Oldfield disrupted the Oxford-Cambridge boat race in 2012 as a protest against elitism - delaying the annual showpiece event by 25 minutes.

The activitst was initially charged under section five of the public order act, however the accusation was later amended to public nuisance which carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

The criminal charge was the basis for the Home Office’s refusal of the urbanist, writer and provocateur’s visa renewal application.

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