October 15, 2009

Men fined for EDL demo abuse

The EDL's Kevin Greaves, William Crangle and David Monks
Three men have been fined after a protest by the English Defence League in Manchester city centre.

William Crangle, Kevin Greaves and David Monks were all arrested on Saturday as hundreds of EDL members came to the city to demonstrate. The organisation claims to oppose only radical Islam but supporters were seen making Nazi salutes and singing patriotic songs during the demonstration in Piccadilly.

Around 1,500 people joined a counter protest by Unite Against Fascism. The two sides were in a face-off for five hours, separated by a police line including officers in riot gear and on horseback and 48 people were arrested during the day. The demonstration left the city with an £800,000 bill.

EDL supporters Crangle, 30, of North Croft, Oldham, Greaves, 30, of Springwood Hall Road, Oldham, and Monks, 33, of Manchester Road, Bolton, all admitted public order offences of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour when they appeared at Manchester magistrates' court yesterday.

Crangle and Greaves, who appeared in the dock together, were arrested at 11.45am, as they walked along London Road, near Piccadilly station. Police asked Crangle to remove a bandana that was covering his face, suspecting he might be trying to conceal his identity, the court heard. He swore at the officers and was arrested. Mr Greaves was also arrested after repeatedly swearing as officers tried to search him.

Crangle was fined £160 and Greaves, who is on benefits, £80, and both were ordered to pay another £100 in costs and victim surcharge. Both men apologised for wasting court time.

Monks was fined £80 plus £95 in costs and a victim surcharge after the court heard how he was arrested as EDL protesters were escorted away from Piccadilly Gardens and towards Victoria station by police at 4.30pm. Police were detaining another man when Monks grabbed him and tried to pull him from their grasp. He swore at officers before being arrested, magistrates heard.

Manchester Evening News

10 comments:

UK Fightback said...

Great stuff, really good report

jim said...

The EDL show how law abiding they are by jostling and swearing at British police forces.

roberta said...

Next week's panorama is described as a Race Hate Special but the BBC didn't elaborate.

Anyone know what exactly the programme will feature?

AndyMinion (BatsMan) said...

You really can't buy that level of charm.

Anonymous said...

They should have been givin 10, years hard labour the Nazi wankers

AndyMinion (BatsMan) said...

Panorama is about the levels of racism suffered by two Asian journalists living undercover on an ordinary "White" housing estate.

Sounds similar to the horrible documentary a few years ago about the Asian woman running a convenience store in Langley Mill. (Just down the road from the site of the Red, White & Blue nazzerfest...)

Definitely one to watch.

(What with Question Time and the Collett and Strictly stuff as well, why don't the Beeb just put their cards on the table and have "Racism Week"? They could have a funky graphic and everything...

Brummie said...

Panorama is about the levels of racism suffered by two Asian journalists living undercover on an ordinary "White" housing estate.

Does any one have any clues as to where this estate is, or are the BBC keeping schtum about it until the night, when we'll be able to tell the local accents of the abusers???

Brummie said...

(What with Question Time and the Collett and Strictly stuff as well, why don't the Beeb just put their cards on the table and have "Racism Week"? They could have a funky graphic and everything...

I think every fucking week is Racism Week at the Concrete Doughnut in Wood Lane W12. I've had to stop listening to Radio 4 as I couldn't be sure my radio alarm would wake me with Griffin or Donkey Darby spouting their lies in my earholes first thing!!

tellyaddict said...

For Racism Week, the BBC would start off with the Black & White Minstrel Show, followed by Alf Garnett and Bless This House, then with an interactive Gollywog show for kids, a phone-in for adolescent girls featuring special guest "Mark From the BNP", the Six o' Clock News with BBC reporters wearing EDL paramilitary face masks, the One Show with a Political Correctness Gone Wrong special, a Panorama tribute to Enoch Powell, a wildlife special featuring Lee Barnes describing black people as monkeys, followed by Celebrity Come Dancing, more racist BBC news, and a late night screening of Birth Of A Nation.

Anonymous said...

The logo for Racism Week would be one of the BNP's gollywogs.