English Defence League joins the neo-Nazis of the National Front in Newcastle on 4 June
EDL thugs at it again, and they want us to think they are not violent?
A thug has admitted throwing a firecracker during fierce clashes after English Defence League supporters stormed an anti-Jubilee rally.
Anthony Crawford hurled a firecracker into a group of demonstrators at Greys Monument in Newcastle on June 4, 2012. The 22-year-old, of Elmway, Chester-le-Street, Durham, pleaded guilty to the offences at Newcastle Magistrates Court on Thursday, June 28.
An 18-year-old man was taken to Newcastle Freeman Hospital for treatment to burns suffered when the explosive hit his face and landed in his hood.
He was with friends at a “Stuff The Jubilee Party” which was organised on Facebook and due to start at midday. Members of the EDL carrying banners arrived shortly beforehand. A line of around 25 officers separated the two groups.
A 45-year-old-man from South Tyneside was also arrested on suspicion of affray and was bailed pending further enquiries.
Crawford will be sentenced on July 4.