Boat Race protester prepared to go to jail

The man accused of disrupting the 158th Varsity Boat Race by swimming in front of the rowers in protest at elitism suggests that he is prepared to go to prison for his principles.

The man accused of disrupting the 158th Varsity Boat Race by swimming in front of the rowers in protest at elitism has suggested that he is prepared to go to prison for his principles.

Trenton Oldfield, who is a privately-educated charity worker and lives in a £350,000 flat in East London, was charged with a Section Five public order offence.

Despite the charge, the 35-year-old is standing by his actions.

He said via Twitter: "Thank you for the supportive messages and tweets. Will reply soon. I'm 100% behind my actions, if its jail time, so be it."

Cambridge eventually won the race, which Oxford cox Zoe de Toledo branded "a tragedy".