Original article from Kent Live
The four individuals arrested at a far-right protest in Dover have been charged, Kent Police has today confirmed.
The pre-planned protest was attended by approximately 60 people and saw the A20 blocked for several hours.
Kent Police officers attended to ensure the protest remained peaceful and any disruption to the community and local businesses was kept to a minimum.
Two of the four men arrested were charged with public order offences, including one charged with assaulting an emergency worker.
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Another two were charged with wilfully obstructing a highway, after the A20 was brought to a standstill and freight lorries were held up by protesters blocking the road.
Of the four men, three travelled from outside Kent to attend, one as far as 200 miles from Coventry.
Protesters marched through Dover bearing St George's flags, and chanting "English Streets".
Brandishing anti-immigration banners and throwing red, white and blue smoke bombs, the gathering had been pre-planned, following a similar protest that took place in 2016.
More recently, an 'anti-migrant' demonstration in the town took place in September 2020, which also blocked traffic from the A20.
September's protest was attended by a collection of nationalist groups including Britain First, the For Britain political party, and the Pie and Mash Squad.
This weekend's protest was much smaller in scale, however.
The details of those arrested and the full list of crimes with which they have been charged is as follows:
- David Shannon, 30, of Seaview Road, Gillingham, who has since been charged with wilfully obstructing a highway.
- Jordan Ellis, 28, of Second Avenue in Dursley, Gloucestershire, was charged with wilfully obstructing a highway and resisting a police officer in the execution of their duty.
- Steven Tipple, 42, of Boswell Drive, Coventry, was charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of violence.
- George Jenson, 31, of Amherst Drive, Orpington, was charged with assaulting an emergency worker and using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
Mr Shannon, Mr Ellis and Mr Tipple have all been bailed to appear at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on June 30.
Mr Jenson appeared there on May 31 and was bailed to attend Margate Magistrates’ Court on June 24.