AN Ealing man who ate dead and uncooked squirrels outside a Soho vegan food stall was convicted of a public order offence and fined.

Gatis Lagzdins, 29, along with Deonisy Khlebnikov, 22, from Westminster, bit into the furry animals at the Soho Vegan Food Market in Rupert Street in March.

At the hearing at City of London Magistrates, they denied using disorderly behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress but were found guilty on Monday.

Natalie Clines, of the Criminal Prosecution Service, said: “[They] claimed they were against veganism and were raising awareness about the dangers of not eating meat.

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“But, by choosing to do this outside a vegan food stall and continuing with their disgusting and unnecessary behaviour despite requests to stop, including from a parent whose child was upset by their actions, the prosecution was able to demonstrate they had planned and intended to cause distress to the public.”

Khlebnikov was fined £200 plus costs and a surcharge. Lagzdins, who did not show up to the hearing, was fined £400 plus costs and a surcharge.