20 charged after violent Birmingham EDL protest

Twenty men have been charged with violent disorder during an English Defence League protest in Birmingham, it was revealed today.

The men, who come from across the country and include a 21-year-old from Brierley Hill, are set to appear at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court next week.

The defendants were arrested as part of a nationwide operation to trace and identify people involved in violence in the city centre in July 2013, which included an appeal on the BBC’s Crimewatch programme in January.

That appeal led to several people coming forward, and dozens of calls into the incident room naming people suspected of involvement.

Following subsequent inquiries the investigation team made a series of arrests up and down the country.

Ten men have been charged with violent disorder and will appear at court on Tuesday, while the other 10, including Jake Hill, 21, of Mill Street, Brierley Hill, will appear at the same court two days later.