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‘The city needs to heal’: Cable readers on what should happen now, following the ‘Colston 4’ trial

The future of slave trader Edward Colston’s statue and the space it occupied are still contested in Bristol. We asked what should happen next.

‘A monumental moment in history’: Cable readers react to the Colston 4 being cleared

Watch: Reactions to Colston 4 verdict after defendants walk free from court

Reports

Colston 4 found not guilty of criminal damage to slave trader’s statue

The public gallery erupted with cheers and applause as the defendants were cleared following a landmark trial

Reports

Colston statue dumped in harbour so council wouldn’t put it back up, defendant tells court

Reports

Descendant of enslaved person says Colston’s statue remaining in place was ‘profoundly shameful’

Colston ‘heavily involved’ in Britain’s most prolific slave trading company, David Olusoga tells statue-toppling trial

The historian gave expert evidence as a witness for the defence in the trial of the so-called Colston 4.

Pulling down ‘monument to racism’ was right thing to do, Colston toppling trial hears

Trial day 3: The presence of the slave trader’s statue was like a hate crime, a defendant told the jury

Council failed to consider removing slaver’s statue despite ‘great concerns’, trial of Colston 4 hears

Trial day 2: The monument brought Bristol ‘face to face with painful, shameful aspects’ of its past, the court heard.

Colston statue was ‘abhorrent offence’ to city, toppling trial hears

Trial day 1: Prosecutors told the court that the fact Colston was a slaver was ‘wholly irrelevant’ to the case.

How do you feel about the not guilty verdict of the Colston 4?

We want to know what you think about the verdict in the landmark trial and what needs to happen next in the wider debate about statues and how we remember our past.

Have your say

‘Colston 4’ to stand trial at Bristol Crown Court on 13 December

The protestors have pleaded not guilty and their lawyers say they will ‘fight these criminal charges vigorously’.