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A SALTBURN man has been jailed for pushing a police officer down a flight of stairs during an anti-Black Lives Matter protest in London.

Jamie Dewing, 31, of Valley View, Saltburn was sentenced to two years in prison at Teesside Crown Court today (Tuesday).

He had previously appeared at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, July 8 where he admitted one count of assaulting an emergency service worker and one count of violent disorder.

He had been remanded in custody by the court awaiting sentence.

On June 13, Dewing had travelled from Saltburn to join hundreds of demonstrators protesting in Parliament Square.

Very early into the day, a small minority of demonstrators, including Dewing, became increasingly hostile to police officers.

At around 1pm, Dewing fronted up to officers who were policing the crowds near to the Nelson Mandela statue.

Officers had made their way there to retrieve from the crowd a woman from the opposing Black Lives Matter protest, as there was serious concerns for her wellbeing.

Officers were taking the woman to safety and were moving away from the crowd, when Dewing violently shoved the female police officer.

As a result, she fell backwards down steps and onto her back, causing injury to her back and neck and although she has returned to duty she is still receiving physiotherapy.

Dewing’s violent behaviour didn’t stop there, and throughout the rest of the day he was caught on camera acting aggressively, including throwing items such as a metal barrier at officers and repeatedly spitting at officers at cordons along Whitehall.

As part of the investigation, his image was released to the media by the Metropolitan Police and he was identified by an officer from Cleveland Police.

DC Nicky Dixon, part of the investigation team, said: “Dewing assaulted an officer who was only trying to protect a member of the public. This officer braved a hostile crowd to carry out the rescue of someone who was vulnerable. Having come to the woman’s aid, the officer was moving away when Dewing assaulted her. There is no excuse for this or his later actions, it was just thuggery.

“I’d like to thank Cleveland Police for their help in identifying Dewing. When arrested he initially denied that he was responsible, but officers had gathered extensive evidence. When faced with the overwhelming evidence against him, he pleaded guilty and has rightly been sent to prison.”

Northern Echo

He was one of three Teesside men arrested as the Met Police swooped on Wednesday, following violent clashes with police in Parliament Square

A Teesside man will face a crown court judge to be sentenced after taking part in a London demonstration which saw police officers attacked.

Three men in our region were arrested as the Met Police swooped in the early hours of Wednesday morning, after the violent protests in Parliament Square on June 13.

Two men from Middlesbrough, aged 44 and 40, were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder linked to the demonstration and have been released under investigation while inquiries continue.

But a third, Jamie Dewing, was charged and appeared from custody at Teesside Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning.

The 31-year-old, of Wharton Place, Boosbeck, indicated a guilty plea to two charges – violent disorder and assault by beating of an emergency worker.

Dewing has been remanded in custody until he appears at Teesside Crown Court for sentence, at a date to be fixed.

Thousands marched on Parliament Square on June 13 as debate about historical monuments intensified, in the wake of a statue of slave trader Edward Colston being pulled down in Bristol during an earlier Black Lives Matter protest.

A statue of Winston Churchill in London was boarded up before the demonstration.

After the demo, Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the actions on display after officers were seen being punched and kicked.

And Andrew Banks, 28, of Stansted, Essex, has already been jailed after being photographed urinating at the Westminster memorial dedicated to PC Keith Palmer, during the protests.

PC Palmer, 48, was stabbed while on duty during the Westminster terror attack in March 2017.

The Met Police also confirmed on Wednesday that two London men, one aged 40 from Lewisham and another, aged 58 from Hammersmith and Fulham, were arrested in the early hours.

Since Saturday, six other men have been arrested on suspicion of violent disorder linked to the protests and released under police investigation, as inquiries continue.

The Met Police says it has arrested 258 after disorder at a number of gatherings across the capital, including an unlicensed party in Brixton.

Commander Bas Javid, from the Metropolitan Police Service, said: “When London witnessed the frankly unacceptable levels of violence during recent protests we said those actions would have consequences.

“During clashes with police, a small minority targeted officers with racial abuse or violence – pelting them with bottles, rocks or other items… it was deeply frustrating seeing them being so senselessly assaulted.”

The Gazette