A statue of noted slaveholder Robert Milligan has been removed from outside the Museum of London Docklands.

Sadiq Khan earlier announced a review of all of London’s statues and street names, saying any with links to slavery “should be taken down”.

On Sunday, anti-racism protesters in Bristol tore down a statue of slave trader Edward Colston.

Milligan’s monument was removed to “recognise the wishes of the community” said the Canal and River Trust.

There were cheers and clapping as the monument was lifted from its plinth using a crane.

The Museum of London Docklands said the statue of the prominent British slave trader, who owned two sugar plantations and 526 slaves in Jamaica, had “stood uncomfortably” outside its premises “for a long time”.

“The Museum of London recognises that the monument is part of the ongoing problematic regime of white-washing history, which disregards the pain of those who are still wrestling with the remnants of the crimes Milligan committed against humanity,” they added.

The Canal and River Trust said it had worked with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, the museum and partners in Canary Wharf to have it removed.

As the Milligan statue was lowered from its plinth, thousands of people gathered outside an Oxford college to demand the removal of a statue of imperialist Cecil Rhodes.

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