Protester drops sentence appeal

Trenton Oldfield. Credit: PA

Boat race protester Trenton Oldfield has abandoned his bid to win a cut in his six-month jail sentence, it was disclosed today.

Oldfield, who swam into the paths of the crews in this year's race, was due to appeal against the length of his sentence in the Court of Appeal next week.

A Judicial Office spokeswoman confirmed that Oldfield, of Myrdle Street, east London, had withdrawn his application.

Millions of television viewers watched as Oldfield, who was also ordered to pay £750 costs, halted the annual race on the Thames between Oxford and Cambridge universities on April 7.

He was found guilty of causing a public nuisance and sentenced by Judge Anne Molyneux.

The judge said Oldfield had acted dangerously, disproportionately, had not shown what he was actually protesting against, and displayed prejudice in sabotaging the event which Oldfield regarded as elitist.