Mat Boden got arrested for being too loud in Trafalgar Square, and for refusing to show his ID to the council official. He wasn't breaking any laws — all he was doing was busking. He was found guilty in court, fined £500.
But this is the rare case of when a busker didn't accept the ruling and go on. Instead, Mat rounded up an amazing legal team (including a barrister who worked on the Julian Assange extradition case and an environmental noise expert who writes UK legislation) and took his case to the court of appeals.
My favourite quote from Mr. Cobbing, the noise expert, when asked about the case against Mat Boden:
“If the court finds the defendant guilty because of the level of noise that The Warden experienced, the logical conclusion is that it would be impossible for us to have conversations on busses or trains without breaking the law.”
Edited by Simon Leavesley
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