Man denies violence and English Defence League demo

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A MAN has appeared in court charged with carrying out violence at an English Defence League demonstration.

Police officers were left injured and property was damaged as EDL followers tried to break through a police cordon in July last year in Birmingham city centre.

Paul McKenzie, 48, of Braemer Road, in Billingham, along with Thomas Wilkie, 22, of Kent Road, Wednesbury, Andrew Edge, 44, of Wellington Road, South Stockport, and Shane Williams, 26, of Dragon Lane, Leicester, have all denied a charge of violent disorder at the opening of their trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

The trial is expected to last until next week.