Doncaster man accused of defacing Queen painting is bailed

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A Doncaster electrician accused of defacing a painting of the Queen in Westminster Abbey has been bailed after appearing in court this morning.

Tim Haries, 41, was charged with causing more than £5,000 worth of criminal damage and was bailed until later this month.

The oil painting on canvas by Ralph Heimans, which went on display in the Chapter House in May, was damaged with spray paint on Thursday.

Mr Haries will appear at Westminster Magistrate’s Court in central London.

The oil painting, entitled The Coronation Theatre, Westminster Abbey: A Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, has been taken off public display as a result of the damage.

Police were called to the abbey just after midday on Thursday after security guards detained a man.