Darren Shield jailed for Nazi chants in Dover protest

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A protestor who joined in Nazi chants and threw objects at people during demonstrations in Dover has been jailed for one year.

Darren Shield, 49, of Crystal Palace Park Road in Sydenham, south-east London, was involved in violent clashes in the town on Janury 30 and is one of 70 people arrested so far.

Officers continue to review hundreds of hours of footage of offences committed on the day, with Shield captured gathering teams of people before throwing objects and goading protestors with opposing views to his own.

He was also seen to join in with the Nazi chant of ‘Sieg Heil’.

Shield was arrested at his home address on Thursday April 21 and charged with violent disorder the same day.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on July 15 2016.

Judge Adele Williams described the violence committed on the day as ‘very serious’ and said local residents were subjected to considerable alarm and distress. She went on to describe Shield’s actions as ‘wholly unacceptable’.

Investigating officer PC Pete Frampton said: “The courts have been very busy lately with those involved in the January demonstrations, which I hope sends a clear message to others that such behaviour will not be tolerated in this day and age.

“Shield is the 14th person sentenced so far and there are many others who are either awaiting sentencing or trial, or who are currently on bail.

“Everyone who attended the demonstrations had their own personal reasons for doing so, and we respect their right to peaceful protest. What we have absolutely no respect for is the truly appalling scenes witnessed that day, and our enquiries will continue until all those responsible are brought to justice.”
Dover Express

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