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14 July 2016, 12:12
A protester who threw objects during violent clashes with opposing groups in Dover has been jailed for a year.
Michelle Smith, 41, from the Merseyside area, travelled to the town on Saturday 30 January 2016 to demonstrate against a march taking place the same day.
Police have arrested 70 people since then after fighting broke out between both sets of people, and they continue to review hundreds of hours’ worth of footage captured on CCTV, social media and elsewhere.
Smith was filmed throwing objects at protestors, and at least one also struck an officer. She was also seen fighting with another woman.
Her photograph was issued to the media in an attempt to identify her, which led to her solicitor emailing Kent Police to arrange an interview.
She was arrested in Liverpool on Tuesday 29 March and later charged with violent disorder, which she admitted.
Her sentencing was at Canterbury Crown Court on Tuesday 12 July.
Investigating officer PC Pete Frampton of Kent Police said: ‘The level of violence displayed on that day was truly shocking and Michelle Smith played a key role, often seen at the front of her group of protestors as they fought with others.
‘The laws of this country allow peaceful protest but the actions of Smith and others arrested since then were most certainly not peaceful, nor what anyone would expect to witness in a civilised society.
‘She is the 13th person to have been sentenced for her actions thus far, with some of those receiving prison sentences totalling almost 14 years. There are many more awaiting their day in court and I hope this sends a clear message that such violence will not be tolerated in Dover or anywhere else in Kent.’
From Kent Police