Van Gogh’s Sunflowers: Women deny damaging frame

Two women have denied causing criminal damage to the frame of one of Van Gogh’s Sunflowers paintings.

The masterpiece had soup thrown at it in the National Gallery on Friday.

Anna Holland, 20, from Newcastle, and Phoebe Plummer, 21, from Lambeth, south-west London, pleaded not guilty when they appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court earlier.

A third woman is charged over paint sprayed on the New Scotland Yard sign during a day of protest in Westminster.

Lora Johnson, 38, from Southwold, Suffolk, pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal damage of the famous rotating sign at the same court.

Ms Holland and Ms Plummer spoke only to confirm their names, dates of birth, addresses and to enter their pleas to charges of criminal damage to the value of less than £5,000.

District judge Tan Irkam released the pair on bail on the condition they do not enter galleries or museums and do not have paint or adhesive substances in a public place.

Prosecutor Ola Oyedepo said the pair threw the…

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