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EDL member from Hartlepool fined after protest disturbance

PROTEST MARCH ... Craig Owens was arrested at the EDL rally in South Shields.

PROTEST MARCH ... Craig Owens was arrested at the EDL rally in South Shields.

AN EDL supporter has been fined after trying to charge at rival protesters during a rally.

Craig Owens repeatedly shouted EDL at the group who were in South Shields to protest against a march by the right-wing English Defence League on August 31.

The 28-year-old was arrested as he ran towards them but continued to shout as he was being led away.

He pleaded guilty to using threatening words or behaviour at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court today.

Owens, of Bruce Crescent, Hartlepool, was fined £65 and ordered to pay £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.

 

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