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Walsall English Defence League protest: New arrests

The Walsall protest
Image caption Police said about 1,000 people attended the protest

Eight men have been arrested in connection with violence at an English Defence League protest in Walsall.

The town was sealed off and 30 people were arrested in the incident on 29 September.

Tuesday's early morning arrests for violent disorder were carried out at homes in Tipton, West Bromwich, Brownhills and Acocks Green.

Det Insp Pete Dunn said the force had used CCTV footage to identify those involved in the disorder.

He said: "The majority of the people attending these demonstrations were law-abiding, however small numbers of people decided to get embroiled in disorder and ultimately there were a few ugly scenes when people began to try and break through police lines and were throwing missiles."

Previous arrests

Of the 30 people arrested on the day of the protest, 27 were charged with public order offences, including violent disorder.

One man received a 25-week prison sentence for possession of an offensive weapon.

A second man received a suspended sentence for assaulting a police officer.

A further 19 men will appear before Wolverhampton Crown Court on 9 April for a plea and case management hearing for violent disorder charges.

Others arrested on the day have received fines and suspended sentences.

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