Two bonehead brothers caught on camera lobbing objects during the violent Dover protests on January 30 have both been jailed for a year.

Jason and Dean Barrett travelled to the town to take part in a far-right march that was being opposed by “anti-fascist” counter-protestors.

Fighting broke out between the two groups and a total of 70 people have been arrested so far.

Jason Barrett, 30, from, Suffolk, and Dean Barrett, 32, from, Essex, were both caught on camera throwing objects and acting in an aggressive manner.

Dean Barrett from Essex

Dean Barrett from Essex

They were identified as part of an ongoing review of all recorded footage of offences, which ultimately led to their arrests at their respective home addresses on Thursday, May 19.

Both were sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday, July 21, after pleading guilty to violent disorder.

Jason Barrett from Suffolk

Jason Barrett from Suffolk

Investigating officer PC Thomas Banks said: “The Barrett brothers and others involved in violence on the day brought chaos to a community whose members neither wanted nor deserved to have this kind of behaviour on their doorsteps.

“We are very pleased with the lengthy custodial sentences imposed on many of those who have appeared in court to date, which sends a clear message that this type of criminal activity is never justified.

“The investigation is ongoing and we look forward to receiving more positive outcomes in the weeks and months to come.”

Dover Express

A pair of teenage robbers attacked a man with a stun gun and hit another in the head with a metal pole for just £30 in cash and a small amount of cannabis.

Alex Kapuscinski and Connor Smart, both aged 19 and from Bournemouth, were jailed on Monday for the “vicious” armed robbery on March 12, 2016.

They pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court to robbery and were sentenced on Monday, July 11.

Kapuscinski receiwas jailed for three years and 10 months in a young offender’s institution and Smart was jailed for four years and four months.

At 9.17pm on Saturday, March 12, 2016, a neighbour reported a disturbance at an address on Holdenhurst Road in Boscombe, said a spokesman from Dorset police.

The spokesman said: “Kapuscinski and Smart entered a flat along that road that contained four other men. The court heard that once the pair was inside Kapuscinski hit one of the men in the head with a metal pole.

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“Smart then used a stun gun on another man in the property before the pair demanded the victims ‘give them their stuff’, the court heard.

“Kapuscinski and Smart took £30 in cash and a small amount of herbal cannabis before fleeing the flat.”

Detective constable Ben Griffin, of Bournemouth CID, said: “This was a vicious attack and I would like to praise the victims and witnesses for coming forward and supporting the prosecution.

“I hope the sentences handed out by the courts act as a warning to others that such offences will not be tolerated. We will actively pursue anyone involved in such criminal behaviour.”

Somerset Live

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Kevin Crehan (left) and Mark Bennett were part of a group that targeted the mosque in January

Kevin Crehan (left) and Mark Bennett were part of a group that targeted the mosque in January



Two men have been jailed and two women have been given suspended sentences after rashers of bacon were tied to door handles at a Bristol mosque.

During the incident on 17 January, the group shouted racial abuse at a member of the mosque and tied a St George’s flag to the fence of the Jamia Mosque.

Kevin Crehan, 34, of Knowle, was jailed for 12 months and Mark Bennett, 48, of Patchway, for nine months.

Both had admitted religiously aggravated public order offences.

At the Bristol Crown Court hearing, 46-year-old Alison Bennett – the wife of Mark Bennett – was given a six-month sentence, suspended for two years, while Angelina Swales, 31, from Brislington, was handed a four-month sentence, suspended for two years.

‘Worship without fear’

The two women also admitted religiously aggravated public order offences in relation to the targeting of the Totterdown mosque.

All four were given a restraining order preventing them from going within 100m of a mosque anywhere in England or Wales for the next 10 years.

Insp Nigel Colston of Avon and Somerset Police paid tribute to the way the community responded to what happened.

He said: “The way local people came together with overwhelming support for the mosque made me proud to be associated with Bristol.

“There can never be any excuse for hate crime in any shape or form and this criminality will not be tolerated.

“All of our communities have the right to live and worship peacefully without fear of being targeted for their race or religion.”
BBC News

ONE OF the men who admits a racially aggravated attack on Totterdown’s mosque has claimed in court that he didn’t know that bacon was offensive to Muslims.

Mark Bennett, 48, claimed he was not a racist and did not take bacon to the mosque in Green Street on January 17, 2016, intending to cause offence.

Instead, he said, he was trying to raise awareness about the plight of British armed forces veterans and homeless people who he felt deserved more attention.

Bennett, of Spruce Way, Patchway, his wife Alison Bennett, 46, Kevin Crehan, 34, of Springleaze, Knowle, and Angelina Margaret Swales, 31, of West Town Avenue, Brislington, have all pleaded guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence at the Jamia mosque.

Bristol crown court was told on June 17 that during the incident racial abuse was shouted at a Muslim man attending the mosque. Raw bacon was thrown and left hanging from the mosque’s railings and an English flag, the cross of St George, was left on the steps with the legend “No mosques, no refugees”, the prosecution said.

But the two men involved denied being racists, said there was no bacon thrown, and they did not hear any racial abuse. They claimed their protest was peaceful. Crehan said it was an attempt to get Muslims to “integrate”. “I grew up in Totterdown and I have got many, many Muslim friends,” he said.

Bennett drew a parallel with charitable activities.

“In my own time I go to the city centre and take coffee and bacon sandwiches to people who live on the streets,” he said.

Judge Julian Lambert asked Bennett if he expected people at the mosque to eat his bacon sandwiches and be grateful for them.

“Possibly,” Bennett replied. The court had heard that Bennett and his wife had bought the bacon and some bread in a £1 shop in Broadmead the same morning. The barrister for the prosecution, Ian Fenney, asked Bennett: “Did you expect people to eat raw bacon?”

“No,” said Bennett. “Where was the bacon going to be cooked?” asked Mr Fenney.

“It possibly could have been cooked in the mosque. I wouldn’t know, would I?” said Bennett.

He added: “I didn’t know that it was offensive to take bacon to the mosque. If I had known I wouldn’t have taken it. Mr Fenney responded: “I suggest you knew exactly how much offence would be caused by taking raw bacon and that’s why you did it. Why was bacon found on the door handles of the mosque? Because any Muslim entering the mosque would have to touch it.”

Bennett told the court he didn’t know the meaning of the word “jihad”.

The court was also told that in 2008 Crehan racially abused an Asian police officer at Broadbury Road police station, after he was arrested at his home during a domestic disturbance. Crehan said he was high on alcohol and drugs at the time but had since given both up.

Bennett was presented with several Facebook pages, posted in April 2016, in the name Marc Bennet, which contained offensive statements about Muslims and references to a recent attack on a mosque.

Bennett said the pages were not his and suggested they had been created to frame him by left-wing activists. He agreed that he had previously had another Facebook page in the name Mark English.

The four will be sentenced at another hearing on July 22, when the two women will be cross-examined.

The attack on January 17 resulted in an outpouring of support for the Jamia mosque, the oldest in Bristol. Hundreds of people attended an open afternoon the following weekend, and hundreds more pledged their support for the mosque being at the heart of the Totterdown community.

South Bristol Voice

 Far-right thug Martin Edwards

Far-right thug Martin Edwards

Another far-right thug has been jailed for violent behaviour in Dover during clashes with anti-fascists.

Martin Edwards, 45, Bridgend, Wales, is the fifteenth person to have been sentenced following the chaotic scenes in town on January 30.

After fighting broke out, he was detained at 3.30pm when two police officers saw him pick up and throw an object at a group of opposition protesters.

Edwards was released on bail while detectives began to sift through hundreds of hours of footage of the disturbances.

Edwards pleaded guilty to one count of violent disorder and was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on Monday to 10 months imprisonment.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Hilary Bell said: “This is another great result for the investigation team and more importantly the people of Dover.

“Offenders like Martin Edwards caused a great deal of anger within the local community for their criminal actions, which were wholly unacceptable and will simply not be tolerated.”

A CANNABIS smoker was caught out by police officers with a nose for crime.

Brazen Peter Scotter was puffing on the class B drug when he walked past two officers in Sunderland city centre, at 4pm on March 13.

They noticed that the 51-year-old, from Hendon Close, smelt strongly of cannabis and threw the cigarette he was smoking to the floor, Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard.

Prosecutor John McGlone said one of the officers found it contained cannabis.

He said Scotter produced more cannabis in a bag and added: “That was seized from him.”

Anna Metcalfe, defending, said Scotter accepted he was in possession of cannabis.

She said: “He pleads guilty at the first available opportunity, and you have heard he assisted with the police search and offered to them the cannabis he had in his possession.

“He is in breach of a suspended sentence order in relation to criminal damage that was racially aggravated.

“He feels very foolish for jeopardising his liberty over a small piece of cannabis. He does not use cannabis regularly, but does use it socially.”

Magistrates did not activate Scotter’s suspended sentence, but instead imposed a 12-month conditional discharge and order he pay £85 towards court costs.
Sunderland Echo

A MAN has been jailed after creeping into a friend’s bedroom, throwing a glass of milk in her face and attacking her.

Peter Scotter, who had known his victim for more than 20 years, let himself into her bedroom where punched her repeatedly and hit her with the empty glass after throwing the contents in her face during the 15-minute ordeal.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 52-year-old had accused the woman, who he would regularly meet for cups of tea as a friend, of spreading rumours about him.

She was left with a swollen face and a cut to her scalp from the glass attack.

Judge John Evans yesterday jailed Scotter, of Hendon Close, Sunderland, for 21 months and ordered him to stay away from his victim forever, under the terms of a restraining order.

The judge told him: “You assaulted her in a way which was wholly unacceptable. It was an appalling incident.”

The court heard the victim had been asleep when she heard a noise in her home and somebody coming up the stairs in the early morning of November 10 last year.

Prosecutor Simon Worthy told the court: “Before she had a chance to speak he punched her three times to the face.

“He then picked up a glass of milk from the bedside cabinet and threw the milk in her face before hitting the glass off the top of her head.”

The court heard at the time of the attack Scotter was on a suspended sentence for hurling racist abuse at a shopkeeper.

Jamie Adams, defending, said Scotter had been “lifelong” friends with the woman.

Mr Adams said: “They had been friends since they were very small and had helped each other out over the years.

“It was the fact of being wrongfully called in the way he was he took umbrage with.”

Scotter had admitted assault causing bodily harm.

Sunderland Echo

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