A Sunderland man has been jailed for taking part in violence at an English Defence League protest.
Stuart Snowball, 24, was one of dozens of troublemakers who were arrested after trouble flared during a rally of the far right group in Birmingham in 2013.
Fifty men have appeared before Birmingham Crown Court over the past five weeks to be sentenced for violent disorder after ugly scenes were witnessed by police and visitors on July 20, 2013.
The court heard how trouble flared within factions of the 2,000 strong crowd with missiles thrown at police.
A number of officers suffered minor injuries as they tried to restore order amongst the violent minority.
West Midlands Police launched an investigation to trace those responsible by studying CCTV footage and appearing on the BBC’s Crimewatch.
Now the EDL yobs have been jailed for a total of more than 75 years with sentences ranging from community orders to three years and eight months prison.
Snowball, of Howarth Street, Sunderland, has been jailed for 13 months.
Source – Sunderland Echo, 13 Jan 2015