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A far-right thug who seriously injured a photographer during the Dover protests by beating him with a flagpole has been jailed for seven years.

Peter Atkinson, 46, of Brunswick Mews in Birkenhead, Merseyside, is one of more than 50 people arrested so far in connection with disturbances on Saturday, January 30.

Shortly after 1.40pm, Atkinson and a number of other demonstrators started walking towards the photographer, who was taking pictures of the event alongside other journalists in a side road near Folkestone Road.

The man attempted to run but slipped and fell to the ground, where Atkinson repeatedly attacked him with the pole until it snapped in two. He then fled the scene.

A police officer came across the victim and provided him with first aid before he was taken to hospital for further treatment.

Photos were taken of the assault, which left the victim with multiple bone splinters to his elbow, and at 3.45pm Atkinson was identified and arrested. He was searched and found to be in possession of a small rock.

Chief Superintendent Andrea Bishop of Kent Police said: “My officers are continuing to work tirelessly to identify all those responsible for offences committed both before and during the demonstrations in Dover on January 30.

“Peter Atkinson’s actions were completely unacceptable and left a man with significant and long-lasting injuries to his arm.

“Kent Police has a statutory duty to facilitate peaceful protest but we will not tolerate anyone who comes to Dover intent on causing trouble.

“I hope the sentence Atkinson has received today sends a clear message to those planning to attend future demonstrations in the town that if you cause trouble and commit a crime, you will be tracked down, arrested and put before the courts.”

The far-right plan to head back to Dover on May 28 and 29.
Dover Express

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Peter Atkinson will be sentenced later this month

A Wirral man arrested as trouble flared at an extremist rally has admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Peter Atkinson was one of 17 people questioned by police after violence erupted between right-wing and anti-fascist protesters on the south coast.

Last week the 46-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge of GBH in a hearing at Canterbury Crown Court .

Five people were injured when rival protesters clashed during the rally in Dover, 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 protests are thought to have included demonstrators who had links to the North West Infidels Рthe right wing group that caused chaos on the steps of St George’s Hall earlier this year.

Seven people were arrested during the clashes, among them Atkinson, of Brunswick Mews in Birkenhead.

Last week a handful of those arrested by Kent Police over the demonstrations had their cases heard in Canterbury where Atkinson admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He will be sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court later this month.

Liverpool Echo

A RIOTER charged with violent disorder during the January 30 Dover protests had to be removed from the dock when he started shouting messages to his blonde girlfriend.

Judge Adele Williams gave thug Aaron Buttress, 26, short shrift when he appeared in front of her at Canterbury Crown Court today.

Buttress ,of Clarendon Road, Dover, had already pleaded guilty and as his defence counsel Natasha Spreadborough rose to speak he started shouting to the public gallery.

Dressed in jeans and a polo shirt he decided to defy the court by saying: “Love you. Come and see me.”

When he was reprimanded by the judge he said: “How am I disrespecting the court?”

He then swore at her. At that point he was removed by two Gurkha security officers.

Also appearing today was Peter Atkinson from Liverpool who admitted grievous bodily harm with intent over a live link and Roy Price from London who admits violent conduct and having a weapon containing a noxious liquid. He also admits possession of cannabis.

Price was remanded in custody as was Buttress. They are among 31 people due to appear at the crown court.

All three cases will be heard on May 16.

Dover Express