CHAOS In Britain: Black Lives Matter Protesters Deface Statue of Winston Churchill etc.PHOTOS/VIDEOS

Black Lives Matter protesters have torn down a statue of 17th century slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol and dumped it in the harbour - as demonstrations continue to sweep Britain following the death of George Floyd in America.

Footage shows demonstrators, packed closely together - despite social distancing guidelines, heaving the metal monument down with ropes before cheering and dancing around it, with many placing their knees on the fallen statue as it lay on the ground.

The statue, which had been in place since 1895, has been a subject of controversy in recent years. The most recent petition to remove it garnered more than 11,000 signatures.

Former Chancellor of the Exchequer Sajid Javid has condemned protester's decision to force it down today, declaring on Twitter: 'This is not OK'.