Just Stop Oil protesters boosted Van Gogh painting’s value with glue stunt, court told

The curator told the court it took three hours for the activists to be removed, with the incident lasting until after closing time.

She said: “There were concerns over how much of the glue had seeped into the frame and the painting itself.”

There were also worries about the solvent used by the police to remove the activists, the court heard.

Ms Serres said the frame, worth around £20,000, dates back to the 18th century.

Sentencing the pair, District Judge Neeta Minhas said: “An 18th century frame which is hundreds of years old has been permanently damaged. It is not in a state where it can return to its original state.”

She added: “The painting has significant, historical and art value and I consider the damage to be substantial. It is not minor, insignificant, temporary or trivial.”

Brocklebank, from Yeadon, Leeds, who appeared in person, and McKechnie, from Weymouth, Dorset, who appeared in custody from HMP Peterborough, had denied the charges.

McKechnie was jailed for three weeks. Brocklebank received a three-week sentence, suspended for six months. She was also given an electronically monitored six-week curfew.

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