Arrests and weapons seized after violence in Dover

Police seized weapons including a knife during violent clashes in Dover. Credit: Gareth Fuller / PA Wire/PA Images

Several people have been arrested and weapons, including a knife, knuckle duster and hammers were seized, after far-right protesters clashed with anti-fascist groups at rival demonstrations in Dover.

Three men were arrested for public order offences, breaching the peace and possession of an offensive weapon.

More than 20 weapons were seized in total at Dover and the M20 services, including a lock-knife, knuckle duster, poles adapted to cause harm, pieces of wood, glass, hammers and bricks.

– Kent Police spokesperson

Earlier, Maidstone services on the M20 were closed at around 11am after several coaches believed to be taking people to the protest were damaged.

Six people were injured and two coaches had swastikas painted on them in blood. One had its windscreen smashed as rival groups clashed.

Six men aged between 25 and 53 were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder.