STREET dancers earning as much as £400 a day in Oxford's Bonn Square ran into trouble with the law – because they were too popular.

On August 12, 1989, police told mime dancers David Lehmann, 27, and Patrick Monrose, 31, (pictured) that they faced arrest if they didn't move on or control their crowds.

The artist duo, who claimed to be watched by more than 1,000 people, refused to move their pitch.

Mr Lehmann said at the time: "The policeman said 'if you get that many people watching you again, I will arrest you'.

"My initial thought was to feel quite angry. We bring life to the city; we bring something that people can relate to, something that people can watch and enjoy.

"I said to the policeman 'if you want to arrest us, then go ahead. We are not going to stop. This is what we do for a living.'"