Thirty-one men from around the country, aged between 18 and 59, have been handed down sentences totalling 60 years and eight months at Wolverhampton Crown Court for their part in the 2012 disorder which broke out in Walsall following an English Defence League (EDL) demonstration.
On 29 September 2012, more than 600 supporters of the EDL held a demonstration in the town centre. A counter demonstration was also being held nearby by the Unite Against Fascism group. Keeping the two groups apart was a line of West Midlands Police officers.
During the day, the atmosphere between the two groups turned hostile and supporters of the EDL began throwing missiles at the police.
Robin Allen, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:
“Those engaged in such reprehensible conduct paid little regard to what they were doing or who they were attacking, as during their orgy of violence, a number of their own EDL stewards, as well as police officers, were seriously injured.
“A year on from those violent scenes those responsible for their actions that day have been arrested, brought to justice and now they have to face the consequences for their actions.”