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7 August 2016, 08:16
A protestor who attacked people with a wooden pole during disturbances in Dover has been jailed for 15 months.
More than 70 people have been arrested so far in connection with the demonstrations on Saturday 30 January 2016, and detectives continue to review hundreds of hours of footage of offences committed on the day.
John O’Brien, 40, of Paddock Street in Oswaldthistle, near Blackburn, was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday 5 August 2016 having previously pleaded guilty to violent disorder.
In addition to attacking rival protestors with a wooden pole, he was also filmed throwing objects, pushing against the police line and acting in an aggressive manner.
O’Brien was arrested on Friday 1 April 2016 after officers travelled to his home address and recovered items of clothing he had worn on the day of the protests.
Detective Sergeant Matthew Smith of Kent Police said: ‘I am pleased to see the robust sentences given to those who chose to come to Dover and commit acts of serious violence under the guise of peaceful protest.
‘I hope it provides some compensation to the people of Dover who should not have to tolerate such behaviour in their community.
‘This conviction demonstrates the determination of my investigation team to travel the length and breadth of the country in order to bring such people to justice. So far we have seen a total of more than 20 years of custodial sentences, and I look forward to seeing more convictions in the months to come.’
From Kent Police