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Four admit involvement in Cardiff Gaza march disturbance

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Image caption The disturbance happened in Cardiff's Mill Lane on 26 July last year

Four men have admitted involvement in a major disturbance which erupted as a protest against the Gaza conflict passed by people drinking in Cardiff.

Bar stools and glasses were thrown as 1,500 people opposed to Israel's military action took part in a march.

Nicholas Carter, 31, and John James Williams, 32, both of Bargoed, and Ahsan Malik, 56, of Aberdare, pleaded guilty to violent disorder .

Daniel Smout, 25, of Oswestry, Shropshire, admitted affray.

Prosecutor Huw Evans told Cardiff Crown Court it would be alleged that Smout started off the incident on 26 July by throwing a glass near the Mill Lane area.

Four other men pleaded not guilty to violent disorder and will go on trial in June.

Smout, Carter, Malik and Williams were told they would be sentenced at the end of that trial.

A ninth man was not asked to enter a plea and will make a separate court appearance in May.

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