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A right-wing supporter who became involved in a bust-up with rival left-wingers at Maidstone Services has today been jailed for three years.

Callum Lambe, 27, was in a coach load of activists heading to demonstrations in Dover when they pulled in at Junction 8 of the M20.

Within minutes, coaches carrying other demonstrators arrived and the two groups began a pitch battle in front of terrified diners and service staff, Canterbury Crown Court heard.


Lambe, from London, was seen using a hammer which he had grabbed from an emergency panel, to smash every window in a rival coach.

Judge Adele Williams said: “Those people at the service station must have been absolutely terrified.”

Lambe, who admitted violent disorder, was jailed for three years after he appeared by prison video link from Elmley.

It was later revealed how he has previous convictions for racially aggravated assaults and possessing parts of a firearm and was jailed in 2010 for five years.

Prosecutor Paul Valder said: “Five coaches carrying left wingers arrived at the service station followed by coaches with right-wingers, including the defendant.

“As the right-wing supporters disembarked, the left-wingers were waiting for them and effectively ambushed them.”

The court heard how 40 protesters then took part in a pitch battle, picking up paving slabs, smashing them into smaller pieces to use as missiles.

Mr Valder added: “These were then hurled from one side to the other, along with bins and punches were exchanged – not only in the car park but also inside the services .

“People there were aghast at what they saw. The manager of a McDonalds Restaurant told how he saw between 40 to 50 men, many dressed in black with their faces covered, throwing bottles, bricks and bins at each other.”

The prosecutor said the manager then saw Lambe go up to a coach, armed with a red hammer which he used to shatter “every single screen” of one of the coaches, costing an estimated £16,000 to replace.

Mr Valder said that another protester, armed with a stick, carried on attacking the coach and threatening the driver.

The court heard how police later found the hammer dumped in a bin – and traced Lambe through DNA.

Mr Valder said Lambe had received a head injury during the fight – caused by broken glass.

Adrian Crossley, defending, said Lambe had paid £20 to travel to Dover for the demonstrations in January but then discovered the coach was full of “50-year-olds, mainly skinheads”.

He added: “He had no intention whatsoever of getting involved in any violence. But after arriving at the service station he was injured and is now remorseful about how he reacted.”

In another case Thomas Fereday, 28, from Newport in Wales was jailed for 16 months after admitting violent disorder.

The court heard how he was spotted throwing stones during the fighting.

Judge Williams told him: “This was serious violence on the streets of Dover and will not be tolerated.”

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Callum Lambe has been jailed for three years

A demonstrator who caused £16,000 damage to a coach by smashing its windows with an emergency hammer has been jailed for three years.

Callum Lambe, of no fixed address, was involved in fighting at the M20 Junction 8 service station near Maidstone, at about 10.30am on January 30, 2016.

The 26-year-old was a passenger on board a coach transporting activists to a demonstration in Dover that stopped at the same time as a number of other vehicles containing passengers planning to hold a counter-protest.

Fighting broke out between both groups and a number of objects including bricks, bottles and wooden pallets were thrown.

Lambe was caught on CCTV smashing the windows of a coach, and forensic evidence was also found on an emergency hammer that had been thrown in a nearby bin.

He was arrested at an address in West Norwood, London, on February 25 this year and later pleaded guilty to charges of violent disorder and criminal damage.

Lambe was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court today (August 9).

Investigating officer detective constable Hilary Bell, of Kent Police, said: “If Lambe and others could not control themselves during a rest break at a service station, I very much doubt they would have been capable of holding a peaceful protest in Dover.

“Whatever their difference in opinions, there can never be an excuse for this sort of violence to exist between two groups of people and Lambe was very much at the heart of the trouble that broke out that morning.

“There was no reason for him to smash the windows of the coach and this mindless act of vandalism has contributed to the lengthy prison sentence he has now received.

“Fortunately the officers who attended the service station that morning were able to prevent those involved from travelling to Dover, where I’m sure they would have been involved in further incidents of aggression.”

Meanwhile, Thomas Fereday, of Grosmont Way in Newport, South Wales, has been jailed for 16 months after travelling to Dover for the sole purpose of attending the demonstrations.

Thomas Fereday

Thomas Fereday

The 28-year-old took part in the disorder throughout the day and was caught on camera throwing numerous objects at opposition protestors.

Fereday handed himself in on May 12 after hearing that police had executed a search warrant at his home address. He too was sentenced today.
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