Two Charged After Nottingham EDL Protests

10 August 2016, 14:59 | Updated: 10 August 2016, 15:41

Nottingham EDL protest 6th august 2016

Two people have been charged with offences after hundreds attended a rally by the English Defence League and a counter-demonstration in Nottingham.

Around 120 supporters of the EDL marched through the city centre on Saturday with a rally against the group attracting around 400 people including onlookers.

Officers from 22 forces - including specialist and mounted officers - were on duty and the estimated cost of policing the demonstrations was around £200,000, police and crime commissioner Paddy Tipping said.

Nottinghamshire Police said six people were arrested in connection with the protests and two of those arrested were charged on Monday.

Carl Worrall, 49, of Pyle Street, Newport, has been charged with a Section 5 Public Order offence and the possession of a Class B drug. He is due to appear at Nottingham Magistrates Court on Tuesday 23 August 2016.

Jack Stevens, 26, of Oxford Street, Long Eaton, Derbyshire, was charged with criminal damage in connection with a report of a flare being thrown during the event and is due before magistrates in September.

Officers added that a 29-year old man who arrested on suspicion of refusing to remove a face covering following a specific order was released without charge.

Two men, aged 48 and 26, arrested on suspicion of causing a breach of the peace have also been released without charge.

An 18-year old arrested on suspicion of committing a racially aggravated public order offence has been bailed pending further inquiries, the force said.