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A Margate dad, who claimed he hurled a brick during a riot in self-defence, was betrayed by messages on his own mobile phone.

Masked Daniel Johnson, 33, said he was at the Dover demonstrations in January when he was struck by a missile.

He told police that video footage taken during the riots showed him trying to defend himself from left wing thugs and he denied a charge of violent disorder.

But a judge at Canterbury Crown Court heard how officers later downloaded messages from his mobile phone.

And it was revealed how the groundworker, from Hastings Avenue, had texted a pal three days after the riot, saying: “That was the best one yet. Already counting down the days to the next one.

“It was nice to see them on the floor getting a beating!”

Johnson later changed his plea to guilty and has now been jailed for eight months.

Prosecutor Paul Valder told how right-wing demonstrators had met outside the Dover Priory railway station intending to march through the town.

It was then that their route was blocked by left wing rivals and the police stood between the groups.

Johnson was seen holding a piece of wood and making obscene gestures towards the opposing group.

“He is then seen clearly to pick up a half brick or piece of masonry which he then hurls towards the left-wing protesters.

“Throughout the action his face is masked. He was unmasked at the beginning of the demonstration and at the end when he is seen smoking a cigarette

Johnson was arrested in May this year as he gathered for a similar demonstration and was recognised as one of the men wanted by Kent Police.

Mr Valder said: “He was interviewed and in effect said: ‘Yes, I was there. Yes, that’s me on the CCTV. I was acting in self-defence. A missile struck me, hitting me on the leg, etc, etc’.”

But after the text message was revealed, Johnson decided to change his plea and his lawyer Nicholas Jones presented personal references to the court

He said: “They show a gentler person outside what is clearly a poisonous peer group.”

Judge James O’Mahony told him: “This was not about politics and everyone has a right to demonstrate but peacefully.

“But this was  just horrible, stark violence and  nasty, serious public disorder. It is clear that there were those on both sides who went to Dover intent on causing trouble.

“What I don’t understand is the sheer hate on people’s faces. What’s all that about? You can have your political views but you don’t have to express them with sheer nasty visceral hate!”

After the hearing, Detective Inspector Bill Thornton said: “Dover is now considered a no-go area for such demonstrations, as we have made it very clear that the behaviour of men like Daniel Johnson will simply not be tolerated.

“He was of previous good character but has been sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment for his crimes, which shows how seriously the courts take such incidents.

“Johnson is the latest of many who have been forced to face the consequences of their violent actions on that day in Dover, and I am looking forward to hearing of further positive outcomes in the future.”

Kent Online

One man has been jailed and another charged over the Dover riots as the first anniversary approaches.

Brian Stamp was sent to prison for 16 months today after hitting someone with a flagpole and throwing objects at rival protesters.

Meanwhile Shaun Grimsley has been charged with violent disorder and will appear in court next month.

Canterbury Crown Court heard that Stamp, 34 and of Talbot Road, South Shields travelled to Kent to take part in a pre-planned political demonstration in Dover last January 30.

Members of the far right, including the National Front and South East Alliance, arrived in the town to march and ended up clashing with left wing protesters who had also flocked in.

Police afterwards uncovered footage of Stamp throwing objects at members of an opposing group in Effingham Street.

The street was the setting for one of the ugliest scenes of the day when both sides hurled missiles at each other from either end.

He was later seen assaulting an opposing demonstrator with a flagpole, causing the pole to break, in Folkestone Road.

He pleaded guilty to one count of violent disorder.

Det Con Kirsty Bricknell, the investigating officer for this case, said: “Stamp was taking part in a pre-planned demonstration but, instead of using it as a platform to lawfully voice his opinions, took it as an opportunity to take part in violent disorder.

“The behaviour of Stamp, and numerous other offenders who took part in the disorder, caused a significant amount of disruption for residents in Dover and left a number of people fearing for their safety.

“Despite not being in Kent, and returning to his home in the South Shields, Stamp was unable to avoid arrest.

“ This sentencing shows that Kent Police has the resources to identify offenders from across the UK and that geographical distance is no barrier to us bringing them to justice.”

In a separate development Grimsley, of Foxglove Walk, Hednesford, Staffordshire, was arrested last Thursday after a warrant was executed at his home.

He has since been bailed to attend Folkestone Magistrates Court on Wednesday, February 8.

Det Insp Bill Thornton, from Kent Police, said: “We are continuing to work tirelessly to identify suspects for offences committed before and during the demonstrations in Dover.

“This latest charge shows that we work closely with police forces across the UK to make sure these arrests are made.”

Every since that violent day police have been hunting down perpetrators and had made 80 arrests by November.

A number of other convicted rioters have already been jailed.

Kent Online

A rioter who ‘hijacked’ a flag of St George and used it to beat a left-wing protester until it snapped has been jailed.

Tony Baker then threw bricks at rivals before giving Nazi-style salutes during an incident in Dover, Kent, in January.

Tony Baker, 30, of D'arcy Square, Murton

Tony Baker, 30, of D’arcy Square, Murton

But when he was ordered to appear at Canterbury Crown Court for his trial, he failed to show up because his wife, Natalie had just given birth to their third child.

Judge James O’Mahony told him: “It’s everyone’s right to protest peacefully but wouldn’t it have been better if you had stayed at home with your wife and baby than risk what eventually happened?”

His barrister, Matthew Hardyman, said the 30-year-old builder had realised other rioters were being jailed “and decided to earn as much money as he could” before being sent to prison.

But going AWOL cost Baker an extra month inside – after the judge jailed him for a total of 30 months.

He had pleaded guilty to violent disorder after travelling from his home in D’arcy Square, Murton, to join the protest.

Prosecutor Robert Ward told how Baker was caught on CCTV holding an English flag in front of the Priory Hotel.

He was later seen wearing a mask and running towards left-wing protesters, hurling bricks and other objects and using the broken flag pole to strike an opponent “at least six times” until it snapped.

After his arrest he was ordered to appear at a hearing in September – but failed to show up.

Mr Hardyman said Baker and his wife were “childhood sweethearts” who had been together since he was 13.

“The reason he didn’t turn up for his trial was because Natalie had given birth to their third child. A lot of his colleagues, who had also attended the demonstration, had received custodial sentences.

“Frankly, he wanted to get as much money as possible in the bank so his wife, who is caring for their three children, a nine-year-old, a four-year-old and a new-born, would be in the best position to survive as long as possible without him.”

Last week, Baker turned up at a Durham police station and gave himself up after an arrest warrant had been issued.

“He maintains he was hit first by bricks being thrown by left wing protesters and he knows now he should have walked away. He knows that now and knows he has made a terrible mistake, “ added Mr Hardyman.

The judge told him that the riot was “not about politics but about maintaining the peace and law and order as against wholesale violent behaviour”.

“Everyone has a right to be patriotic and demonstrate peacefully but you took a lead role in what was unacceptable, something which was unpleasant for the people of Dover and not much fun for the police,” he added.

“There is nothing wrong with holding a flag, but you hijacked it in the course of violence and genuinely patriotic people would be offended by you using the flag like that.”

Sunderland Echo



A violent protester who was filmed giving the Nazi salute has been jailed.

Andrew Broadbent, 44, of St Mary’s Walk in Bridlington, Yorkshire, was filmed fighting, throwing objects and hitting a man with a stick during the disorder on Saturday January 30.

Broadbent’s image was circulated to other police forces, which led to his arrest at the end of July.

He was also caught on camera giving a Nazi salute.

He was subsequently charged with violent disorder, which he admitted prior to his sentencing hearing at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday October 21.

Divisional commander Chief Superintendent Andrea Bishop of Kent Police said: ‘This is another positive outcome for everyone affected by the disorder created by Andrew Broadbent and the many others who have also been sentenced for offences committed on the day of the protests.

“The behaviour on display was totally unacceptable and it is pleasing to see the courts imposing prison terms in response.

‘I hope this acts as a powerful deterrent to anyone considering causing trouble at any future protests in Kent.’

Kent Live

A violent protestor who threw objects during a disturbance in Dover has been jailed for two years and 10 months.

Lee Robinson, 24, of Tipton Street, Sheffield, travelled to Kent to take part in a march on Saturday 30 January.

There were violent clashes as a counter-protest was held at the same time and fighting broke out between the two groups.

Robinson was filmed acting in an aggressive manner at various points throughout the day, including pushing against the police cordon and throwing objects at opposition protestors.

His photograph was circulated to other police forces for identification but he was arrested after returning to Dover for another planned protest on Saturday 2 April.

Robinson later pleaded guilty to violent disorder and was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court today (September 30).

Investigating officer PC Peter Frampton said: “By returning to the scene of his crimes, Lee Robinson clearly thought he had got away with the disgraceful behaviour he displayed last January.

“Like more than 70 others arrested since that day, he appeared far more interested in causing trouble and getting into fights than carrying out any type of peaceful protest.

“The courts are coming down hard on offenders like Robinson, and I hope this sends a clear message to anyone planning on attending demonstrations in Kent that you risk receiving a lengthy prison sentence if you are unable to behave in a responsible manner.”

Kent News

North west Infidels member Shane Calvert jailed after violent scenes


One of the suspected ringleaders of the violent North West Infidels rally at St George’s Hall has been jailed over another ugly far-right demo in Dover weeks earlier.

Shane Calvert, a prominent member of the Infidels, was jailed for two and a half years for violent disorder after the bloody scenes on the South Coast.

Calvert, 34, of Shadsworth Close in Blackburn, Lancashire, rallied supporters to take part in the march through Dover.

Five people were injured when rival groups clashed during the Dover rally, organised by right wing protesters, on January 30.

Smoke bombs were let off and bricks hurled as hundreds of far-right demonstrators were met by anti-fascist groups.

The trouble came just four weeks before hate-filled trouble in Liverpool city centre saw smoke bombs, bricks and bottles hurled into crowds.

Ugly scenes erupted as the North West Infidels clashed with anti-fascist protesters on the steps of St George’s Hall in February.

A police officer was treated in hospital for concussion, far-right symbols were daubed on the Grade I-listed building and student Abbie James, 21, had part of her skull scraped away after being hit by a missile .

Speaking after Calvert’s trial A Kent Police spokesman said: “Calvert was filmed throwing debris, pushing against the police cordon and standing on a police vehicle during the disturbance.

“He was arrested at his home address on Monday, March 7 but denied a charge of violent disorder. A trial was held at Canterbury Crown Court and a jury returned a guilty verdict on Thursday, September 22″.

Detective Inspector Bill Thornton said: ‘While everyone involved in the violence was responsible for their own actions, Shane Calvert played a big part in bringing groups of troublemakers together in one place.

‘He has considerable influence over those who share his political views and has a lot to answer for following the wholly unacceptable behaviour witnessed in Dover last January.”

Calvert was previously jailed for being one of six right-wing activists who stormed an anti-fascist meeting in Liverpool’s Bold Street and launched into a tirade of violence.

He received a 14-month jail term after pleading guilty to violent disorder for the attack which spilled into Cafe Tabac.

The 34-year-old, known within extremist circles as ‘Diddyman’, wrote on the far-right group’s Facebook page about the Liverpool clashes on February 27: “We held St George’s Hall for over four hours.

“Or anyway we stood on the steps. We held the steps!

“Not anyone can hold steps, but we did. Our Polish Nazi brothers held some steps too.

“The police looked after us while we did it, so we threw rocks at them. Get f****** used to it.”

Calvert, who has prominent links to Merseyside and sympathisers within the city, added: “To all that stood by us – We Salute You, Nazi style.

“For all that oppose us – you just try holding some steps.”

Liverpool Echo


A man from Lancashire who played a key role in organising the Dover protests has been jailed for two-and-a-half years for violent disorder.

Shane Calvert, 34, of Shadsworth Close in Blackburn, rallied supporters to take part in a march through the town on Saturday, January 30.

A counter-protest was held at the same time and both sides quickly engaged in violence towards one another.

Calvert was filmed throwing debris, pushing against the police cordon and standing on a police vehicle during the disturbance.

He was arrested at his home address on Monday, March 7 but denied a charge of violent disorder.

A jury at Canterbury Crown Court returned a guilty verdict on Thursday, September 22.

Detective inspector Bill Thornton said: “While everyone involved in the violence was responsible for their own actions, Shane Calvert played a big part in bringing groups of troublemakers together in one place.

“He has considerable influence over those who share his political views and has a lot to answer for following the wholly unacceptable behaviour witnessed in Dover last January.

“I am very pleased the courts have recognised this and imposed a lengthy prison sentence on Calvert, ensuring he will no longer be able to stir up trouble and bring further harm to other communities throughout the UK.

“The investigation into offences committed on the day continues and I am confident there will be many more positive outcomes for the people of Dover.”
Kent News

A cleaner nicknamed “the hamster gangster” after holding up a pet shop has now been jailed for his part in the Dover riots.

Andrew Gilbert has no political allegiances and said he became caught up in the protests because he looking for a job!

Gilbert went to January’s demonstrations with his boss “hoping to curry favour” and land a permanent post.


But instead of a job, Gilbert, of Clyde Street, Sheerness ended up with a jail sentence for violent disorder.

The 29-year-old was nicknamed “the hamster gangster” after holding up a Canterbury pet shop seven years ago.

Gilbert had gone to Animal Antics in Wincheap, claiming he was carrying a gun and told staff: “Hand over a hamster, or I will shoot you!”

Now Canterbury Crown Court has heard how he travelled to Dover with his boss in January this year and joined a group of right-wing demonstrators.

Prosecutor Bridget Todd said he was seen by police at the head of a group who broke through police lines as officers tried to keep them away from a left-wing counter demonstration.

She said that Gilbert – who was wearing distinctive black and red trainers – was also caught on CCTV throwing four missiles at rivals.

He later told police he had gone along after being invited by his boss but knew nothing about “left wing or right-wing groups”.

Gilbert said he was told he was supporting truckers but was hoping he could secure a permanent job by joining his boss at a rally.

Ms Todd added: “He said he saw bad things and claimed he only threw small items after they had been thrown at him. He also expressed his remorse.

“He said he was scared at times but didn’t leave because he feared he would be beaten up by members of the right wing if he did,” she added.

Phil Rowley, defending, said at the time of the Dover demonstrations he was working for an agency on the Isle of Sheppey but was hoping to get a better job with a cleaning company.

“He doesn’t have any political or ideological affiliations – he was there to curry favour with his boss. He will not be attending any further demonstrations.”

Judge James O’Mahony jailed him for six months saying he had sympathy with the reasons he attended the demonstration.

In 2009, a drunken Gilbert went into a shop and threatened to shoot an assistant — unless he gave him a hamster.

Gilbert claimed he had a gun, shouting: “Do you want me to shoot you? I am going to shoot you if you don’t give me that hamster!”

He left after staff called 999 and was arrested minutes later in Wincheap, but had no weapon.

Gilbert, who was living at Guildford Lodge, Canterbury, later pleaded guilty to two charges of affray and was given a two-year supervision order.

Kent Online

A masked and hooded member of the North Wales Infidels has been jailed for his part in the Dover Riots in January.

Adam Owen, 25, from Anglesey had travelled to Kent in a mini bus with six friends to join a right-wing march from Dover Priory Station to the docks.

But Canterbury Crown Court heard how Owen and other had then broken through police lines and into the ground of Dover College in an effort to confront rival left-wing demonstrators.

Adam Owen

Prosecutor Don Ramble said: “He is seen by police officers throwing a missile towards the left-wing protesters before pushing against police lines.

“He was also seen making multiple hand gestures towards a police official who was videoing events.”

After his arrest, he was asked if he wanted a duty solicitor but replied: “Nah, I’ve don’t need one. I’ve done what I’ve done. I hold my hands up to it.”

Owen told officers that he was demonstrating with others who were opposed to immigration when he confronted “lefties who were let them in sort of people.”

He added that during the incidents one of his friends was injured by a brick and he had gone to hospital with his pal.

Mr Randall said Owen , who had attended three previous demonstrations, said he had been a member of the North Wales Infidels, an anti-immigration group “who wanted to protect their streets, people and laws”.

The father-of-one added he had now quit the group because of what he had seen during the riots and regretted going against the wishes of his family in travelling to Dover.

Judge James O’Mahony jailed him for six months after he pleaded guilty to violent disorder.

He told him: “This case, as far as I am concerned, is not about politics. The demonstration may have been about political views, but this is about law and order and obeying the law.

“There may have been real tension and everyone is entitled to free speech and to peacefully demonstrate. But there is no need to wear face masks if that was the intention.

“You broke the law and this was a very ugly and dangerous incident.”

He is one of a score of protesters from both sides to be jailed after the most violent of protests in Dover on Saturday, January 30. Others include Unite the union organiser Michelle Smith and Shaun James, who apologised from his prison cell to the people of Dover for the disruption he helped cause.

Dover Express

A further six men have been jailed for their involvement in violent demonstrations in Dover last January.

More than 70 people have been arrested in connection with the wide-scale disturbance on Saturday 30 January 2016, of whom 26 have since been sent to prison for offences ranging from violent disorder and affray to criminal damage and possession of an offensive weapon.

A further 27 have been charged and have court appearances scheduled for the weeks and months to come, while detectives continue to make further arrests and investigate other offences committed on the day.


On Thursday 25 August the following men were sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court:

James Whitbread, 39, of Mooring Road, Rochester, was jailed for four years after being found guilty of violent disorder. He was seen on footage covering his face and throwing items towards opposition protestors. He also assaulted a man.

Deaton Whitbread, 22, of Mooring Road, Rochester, received a three-year custodial sentence after being found guilty of violent disorder. He was filmed throwing an item at opposition protestors and breaking through a police cordon.

Roy Price, 51, of Bagleys Spring in Romford, Essex, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment after admitting violent disorder. He was caught on camera shouting at and pushing two police officers, and also threw objects including a brick at opposition protestors. He must also serve an additional six months in prison after CS gas and a quantity of drugs were found during a search of his home address.

Nicholas Cullin, 40, of Robins Path in Benfleet, Essex, was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to violent disorder. He was seen on footage throwing objects including a bottle at opposition protestors, and engaging in other general violence.

Richard Williams, 31, from Bryngwran in Anglesey, Wales, received a two-year custodial sentence after admitting violent disorder. He was filmed kicking a man who was already being assaulted by a fellow protestor, as well as throwing objects at others.

Nathan Waller, 18, of Maes Meurig in Anglesey, Wales, was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment after pleading guilty to violent disorder. He was caught on camera assaulting a man with a number of other protestors.

Appalling violence

Detective Constable Kirsty Bricknell of Kent Police said: ‘Today marks the highest number of offenders sentenced on one day since the investigation into offences committed on 30 January began, and I am very happy with the results.

‘These six men contributed to some of the most appalling violence I have ever witnessed, causing a great deal of anguish for the people of Dover who were unfortunate enough to have had their town identified as the location for these demonstrations.

‘Kent Police has a statutory duty to facilitate peaceful protest but it has become obvious that many of those who attended on the day had no intention of doing anything other than fighting with those who held differing opinions to themselves.

‘Their behaviour was unacceptable and I hope these results send a clear message that such criminal actions will not be tolerated in Dover or anywhere else in Kent.’

Photos (clockwise from top left) – Deaton Whitbread, James Whitbread, Nicholas Cullin, Richard Williams, Roy Price and Nathan Waller.


Kent Police