A Sunderland thug has been jailed for his part in violence which broke out in Westminster and made headlines across the country.
But it’s not the first time Daniel Allan has found himself in trouble; the thug has over 110 convictions.
The 35-year-old, who lives in Ridley Terrace in Hendon, has now been sentenced to 28 months in prison Southwark Crown Court, after pleading guilty to violent disorder at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
He had travelled to the capital on June 13 to join in a demonstration held in Parliament Square.
Clashes broke out between protestors – who said they were protecting monuments from damage they feared would be caused by anti-racism campaigners – and police officers.
Allan was seen at 3.15pm that day, kicking a police sergeant in the back, knocking him to the ground in Bridge Street, just next to the Houses of Parliament.
The Metropolitan Police said footage of the attack was shared widely on social media, and a short time later, “officers recognised Allan due to his distinctive coloured clothing” which turned out to be a pair of luminous shorts.
He was arrested by City of London Police and later charged.
The Met Police has said the officer he struck was left with bruising to his back and was able to recover at home.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said 38 officers had been hurt during the disorder.
Back in February 2017, Newcastle Crown Court heard Allan had threatened to burn down a former partner’s home, threatening to take children hostage after smashing his way into her home and grabbing her phone.
Their ordeal happened after he had made 50 unanswered calls to the woman before he turned up drunk at her door early one January morning.
Police turned up and soon arrested Allan, who had been trying to hide in a nearby lane.
As he was sentenced 12 months after admitting burglary, the court was told at that stage he had 110 previous offences on his record.
His barrister said Allan believed his drink had been spiked and had been left distraught at the end of the relationship with the woman and had not gone to the house to steal anything.