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Six men have been charged following protests relating to migration in Dover

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Six men have been charged following protests relating to migration in Dover.

 

On Saturday 5 September 2020 Kent Police had an increased presence in the town to minimise disruption to the local communities whilst protests took place in the town and along the seafront.

 

For just under one-and-a-half hours the A20 was blocked by those attending the event which was largely peaceful.

 

However 10 men were arrested by officers and since Saturday six people have been charged:

 

  • Joe Wardle, 30 of Wellington Gardens in Dover, has been charged with obstructing a constable in the execution of his duty
  • Paul Smith, 37 of Cecilia Close in Greater London, has been charged with possession of class A and B drugs
  • Nigel Marcham, 50 of Simonsbath in Milton Keynes, has been charged with a public order offence
  • Ashley Parker, 28 of Glenfield Road in Dover, has been charged with obstructing a constable in the execution of his duty
  • Dave Goldsmith, 51 of Simonsbath in Milton Keynes, has been charged with a public order offence
  • Jason Heath, 31 of Salisbury Road in Dover, has been charged with obstructing a constable in the execution of his duty and possession of class B drugs.

 

All six people have been released on bail and are due to appear in court at a later date.

 

A 51-year-old man of no fixed address was arrested on suspicion of public order and assaulting an emergency worker. He has been released on bail until 4 October 2020.

A 42-year-old man from Somerset was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence. He has been released on bail until 1 October 2020.

A 58-year-old man from Somerset was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence. He has been released on bail until 1 October 2020.

A 47-year-old man from Derbyshire was arrested on suspicion of the possession of an offensive weapon. He has been released on bail until 4 October 2020.

 

Chief Superintendent Nigel Brookes said: ‘We made it very clear from the start that Kent Police would have officers in Dover and would not tolerate violence or disorder.

 

‘Whilst the majority of people demonstrated their views peacefully, there was a minority who did not. Thankfully our experienced officers intervened quickly when offences were committed, sought to keep the transport routes moving and balance the rights of those taking part in the protests.

 

‘We worked with partner agencies and were supported by a number of other forces, which helped keep the disruption on the day to a minimum. I would like to thank those people living, visiting and working in Dover for their cooperation and patience.

 

‘It is unacceptable for anyone to use events like these as an excuse for criminal behaviour and we will be seeking the full force of the law against those who have committed offences.’