Published On: Fri, Dec 12th, 2014 on 3:03 pm

Leeds EDL protester jailed for role in Birmingham violence

EDL Birmingham Violence

Around 30 officers were injured.

An English Defence League (EDL) supporter who tried hitting police with a length of wood has been sentenced to two years in jail.

Father-of-two James Harrington, 30, was jailed alongside fellow supporters Jake Hill, Lee Joshua, and Adam Beebee, who were protesting in Birmingham in July last year.

EDL Birmingham Violence Protesters Jailed

Top row: Jake Hill, James Harrington. Bottom row: Lee Joshua, Adam Beebee.

Around 200 people were involved in clashes with police that saw approximately 30 officers injured.

The four men, who all admitted to violent disorder, were told by a judge at Birmingham Crown Court that the rally had been “plainly racist and/or anti-Muslim”.

A Muslim prayer cap and a Pakistani flag were set on fire in the street, while police were pelted with paving slabs and bottles.

Harrington from Swarcliffe Road, Leeds, was seen on CCTV trying to hit police with a length of wood and was sentenced to two years.

Joshua, 43, from Highbridge Road, Netherton, near Dudley, who was said to have been at the “forefront of attempts to break through police lines,” was sentenced to 16 months.

Hill, 22, from Brierley Hill, West Midlands, who had spat at police officers and been part of a crowd that attacked them, was sentenced to 22 months.

Beebee, 28, from Boundary Road, Birmingham, admitted trying to pass through police lines to engage with counter-protesters and was sentenced to 13 months.

A further 48 men are due to be sentenced during December at the same court for similar offences.

Images courtesy: West Midlands Police.

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