Sunderland men jailed following violence at protests in Dover

Contributed by editor on Jun 25, 2016 - 08:45 AM


Two further men who committed acts of violence during demonstrations in Dover have been jailed.



... Those convicted so far have been jailed for a total of more than 13 years .....


Sunderland residents John Boyes, 54, of Ramilies Road, and Thomas Allen, 30, of Guildford Street, travelled to the town to take part in a march on Saturday 30 January 2016.

They are among more than 60 people arrested so far in connection with offences committed on the day when protestors with opposing views fought and threw objects at one another in the street.

Both men pleaded guilty to violent disorder and were sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 24 June 2016.

Allen, who was also in breach of a suspended prison sentence and jailed for a total of 22 months, was recorded being aggressive towards police officers and throwing punches at a number of people.

He was also filmed throwing objects and attempting to steal police equipment.

Boyes, who was jailed for 20 months, was recorded attempting to break through the police cordon and throwing sticks and other objects towards opposition protestors.

Detective Sergeant Matthew Smith of Kent Police said: ‘The violence committed in Dover on 30 January was totally unacceptable and I hope our actions to date show that we take a very dim view of those who visit the county with the intention of causing trouble.

‘We continue to review all available footage captured on the day to identify those responsible, and are hopeful of making further arrests in the weeks and months to come.

‘Those convicted so far have been jailed for a total of more than 13 years and I am pleased the courts have seen fit to impose custodial sentences for those whose behaviour during the demonstrations fell way short of what should be reasonably expected in a civilised society.’



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