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Occupy protester cleared of rape


Malcolm Blackman thanks judges after jury finds him not guilty of two rapes at St Paul's Cathedral protest site

A protester at the Occupy protest camp at the foot of St Paul's Cathedral has been cleared of raping a woman in one of the tents.

Malcolm Blackman, 46, thanked the judge after he was discharged when the Old Bailey jury found him not guilty of two rapes.

The court heard Blackman struck up a "relationship" with the woman at the tent city in December 2011. She said he attacked her twice in her tent in January. She reported it to police six months later. Blackman, of Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, denied the allegations.

He t...