Birmingham English Defence League Protesters due in court

Twenty men are due to appear in court today, accused of violent disorder during an English Defence League protest in Birmingham last year.

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Police look to identify more EDL protesters

Police in Birmingham are still looking to identify 26 people after 20 men were arrested and charged with violent disorder after an English Defence League rally.

West Midlands Police are still looking to identify these men Credit: West Midlands Police

West Midlands Police wanted to identify people responsible for violence at the protest in Birmingham city centre in July 2013 and made the arrests after a nationwide appeal.

West Midlands Police are still looking to identify these men Credit: West Midlands Police

A series of arrests were made after a televised appeal in January, which led to people naming those suspected of involvement.

West Midlands Police are still looking to identify these men Credit: West Midlands Police

Prior to the 20 arrests, a total of 31 people were identified from the images of 57 people released during the televised appeal.

West Midlands Police are still looking to identify these men Credit: West Midlands Police

Twenty men charged with disorder at EDL protests

Twenty men are due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court next week, after being charged with violent disorder at a protest by the English Defence League in Birmingham last year.

The men were among 2,000 people who gathered for the EDL protest in Centenary Square on July 20th 2013.

The following ten people are set to appear on Tuesday February 25th:

  • Melvyn Parker-46-Mansfield
  • Neil Jones-44-Shrewsbury
  • Ashley Rowland-24-Barnsley
  • Paul Mckenzie-48 -Cleveland
  • Dean Kenney-41-Essex
  • James Harrington-29-Leeds
  • Kenny Graham-19-Middlesbrough
  • Andrew Edge-43-Stockport
  • Mark Connor-24-Streetly
  • William Bartlett-25-Whitley Bay

A further ten men are set to appear on Thursday February 27th:

  • Lloyd Lewis-22-Atherstone
  • Adam Beebee-27-Birmingham
  • Josh Norey-22-Birmingham
  • Shane Williams-26-Leicester
  • Thomas Nelson-20-Bolton
  • Joel Smith-23-Sheffield
  • James Cocks-34-Redditch
  • Jake Hill-21-Brierley Hill
  • Alan Fisher-Cribb-19-Newtown
  • Mark Morgan-24-Newcastle Under Lyme

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West Midlands Police: 'a successful operation'

West Midlands Police says that team work was behind a largely successful operation today in Birmingham city centre.

Due in no small part to the excellent work between police, our partner agencies and representatives of our communities. We recognise that the people of Birmingham have been both concerned and inconvenienced and we would like to thank them for their tolerance, co-operation and patience.

– Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe

Police officers are going to carry on working with community groups over the next few days to make sure today's demonstrations have not damaged relationships between people of different cultures.

West Midlands Police: 'both demonstrations have largely passed off without serious incident'

The police officer in charge of today's demonstration operation says,

A great deal of time, effort and thought has gone into today's events and it is reassuring to see that both demonstrations have largely passed off without serious incident. We are aware of some instances of criminal damage and a number of assaults have been reported, which will be the subject of our ongoing enquiries as we move forward from today's operation.

– Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe

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