EDL demo man arrested

Brian-Barnes

A MAN was arrested at a Thatcham rally for the English Defence League, Newbury magistrates heard.

The trouble flared during the demonstration on October 5 this year, the court was told.

In the dock on Thursday, October 24, was 38-year-old Brian Barnes, who had travelled from his home in Rectory Road, Hook in Hampshire, for the event.

Helen Waite, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was taking part in an EDL demonstration and was crossing Station Road in Thatcham.”

She added that he was heard to shout abuse and swear at someone and that “there were three children nearby.”

Mr Barnes continued to swear when officers spoke to him and when he was arrested, police found cannabis on him, the court heard.

He admitted using threatening words and behaviour and possessing a Class B controlled drug.

Representing himself, Mr Barnes said: “I was highly intoxicated and I’m sorry. That’s it.”

Magistrates fined him £150 with £85 costs and a £20 surcharge

Newbury Today

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