Birmingham EDL protest: Man admits violent disorder

Lee Joshua, 43, from Highbridge Road, Netherton, admitted the charge when he appeared for trial at Birmingham Crown Court

EDL supporters outside Bar Risa on Broad Street ahead of their rally in Centenary Square

EDL supporters outside Bar Risa on Broad Street ahead of their rally in Centenary Square

An English Defence League supporter has pleaded guilty to violent disorder following a demonstration in Birmingham city centre last year.

Lee Joshua, 43, from Highbridge Road, Netherton, admitted the charge when he appeared for trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Sixteen other people have previously admitted committing violent disorder during the protest on July 20 2013.

Around 2,000 EDL supporters poured into Centenary Square from around the country. A counter demo held by anti-fascist groups took place in nearby Chamberlain Square.

During the protest, police were pelted with stones, bricks and bottles as demonstrators clashed with riot cops.

One policeman suffered concussion during scuffles while other demonstrators were left bloodied by missiles amid clashes.

His Honour Judge Richard Bond bailed Joshua to a later date, to be set, for sentence.

Birmingham Mail

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