EDL member ASKS to be sent to prison after pelting police with bricks, bottles and cans

Andrew Edge chanted ‘EDL, EDL’ as he was led away from the dock following his trial in Birmingham – he was one of three men found guilty of violent disorder
Jailed: Andrew Edge asked to be remanded in custody

Andrew Edge, 44, of Stockport, chanted ‘EDL, EDL’ as he was led away from the dock following his trial in Birmingham.

He was one of three men found guilty of violent disorder at a demonstration by 2,000 members of the far right group in which police were showered with bricks, bottles and cans.

All will return to Birmingham Crown Court for sentence but Edge asked to be remanded in custody.

Following his chanting, Judge Richard Bond told the jury: “There you go, resounding confirmation the verdict you returned was the correct one.”

The demonstration happened in Birmingham’s Centenary Square in July last year,reports Manchester Evening News.

EDL march in Birmingham
Clash: An EDL march in Birmingham

More than 40 others have already pleaded guilty to the violent disorder there.

Prosecuting, David Webb said: “There was some pushing and lunging towards the police and kicking and punching.

“A number of police officers were injured during the course of the incident, a number of demonstrators were injured and a great deal of property damaged.”

He added that demonstrators had also used a mobile toilet as a weapon against police before the situation calmed.

Judge Bond said: “Anyone who took any part in this violent disorder crosses the custody threshold immediately.

“That will be in the forefront of my mind when I sentence every defendant.

“However, I’m not tying my hands because I have not heard any mitigation for any defendants.”

Edge was warned he faces jail when he returns to Birmingham Crown Court for sentence.

From The Daily Mirror . 17.10.14 . Report by Alex Scapens.

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