Man due in court after violence erupted at an EDL march


A MAN from Billingham is among 20 people due to appear in court next week accused of violent disorder during an English Defence League protest last year.

The men were arrested as part of a nationwide operation following violence during the protest in Birmingham city centre on July 20 last year.

Around 2,000 protesters gathered on the day, with EDL supporters meeting in the city’s Centenary Square and those staging a counter demonstration meeting in Chamberlain Square.

Arrests were made across the country following leads from an appeal on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme last month.

The 20 men will appear before magistrates in Birmingham next week charged with violent disorder, West Midlands Police said.

Paul Mckenzie, 48, from Billingham, is among the men to appear before Birmingham Magistrates’ Court on February 25.

A total of 31 people have been identified from the images of 57 people released during last month’s appeal.

Six men have been arrested and released on police bail pending further enquiries.

A team of detectives is working to trace the remaining suspects.

Images of seven men suspected of involvement in disorder at the counter demonstration have also been released and one of those men has also been identified.