Violence Errupts in Dover as Demonstrators Clash

30 January 2016, 16:42 | Updated: 30 January 2016, 20:05

Demonstrators from both sides have clashed in Kent, over the refugee crisis.

Anti-facist and far-right rallies have ended in violence in Dover.

Heart Reporter Bryony Waite has been among the crowds.


It started off as a calm and peaceful protest, with opening speaches from Labour MP Diane Abbott and South East MEP Keith Taylor.

Pro and anti refugee groups tried to stage seperate marches before police stepped in.

Pastor Gary Moore from the Lighthouse Church has just returned from Dunkirk and Calais and thinks something has to be done about the crisis.

The situation has now calmed down in Dover.

Kent Police say nine people have been arrested in connection with the demonstration.

Three were arrested during the demo in Dover and six were arrested before it started when there was a disturbance at the M20 services near Maidstone.

Kent Police Statement:

An operation by Kent Police to facilitate two peaceful demonstrations in Dover today ended at approximately 5pm.

Extra officers were on duty in the town to allow a march to the Eastern Docks and a separate protest in the town centre to go ahead as planned, while minimising disorder and disruption to the community.

One person suffered a broken arm and five others sustained minor injuries.

Three people were arrested during the demonstration itself, including:

  • A 41-year-old man from Gillingham on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon;
  • A 32-year-old man from Bristol in Gloucestershire on suspicion of breaching the peace;
  • A 28-year-old man of no fixed address on suspicion of a public order offence.

M20 services

Police were also called at 10.51am to a report of a disturbance believed to be linked to the demonstration at the M20 Junction 8 services near Maidstone, where a number of coaches were damaged and six people suffered non-life threatening injuries. 

Six people were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder including:

  • A 51-year-old man from Fulham in south-west London;
  • A 48-year-old man from Farnborough in Hampshire;
  • A 51-year-old man from Wallington in Surrey;
  • A 51-year-old man from Hounslow in west London;
  • A 25-year-old man from Leeds in West Yorkshire;
  • A 53-year-old man from Crowborough in East Sussex.

More than 20 weapons were seized in total at Dover and the M20 services, including a lock-knife, knuckle duster, poles adapted to cause harm, pieces of wood, glass, hammers and bricks.

Kent Police would like to thank the local community for its cooperation and patience throughout the demonstrations.