Wirral protester admits GBH after violence flares at extremist rally

Peter Atkinson will be sentenced later this month

A Wirral man arrested as trouble flared at an extremist rally has admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Peter Atkinson was one of 17 people questioned by police after violence erupted between right-wing and anti-fascist protesters on the south coast.

Last week the 46-year-old pleaded guilty to the charge of GBH in a hearing at Canterbury Crown Court .

Five people were injured when rival protesters clashed during the rally in Dover, organised by right wing protesters, on January 30.

Smoke bombs were let off and bricks hurled as hundreds of far right demonstrators were met by anti-fascist groups.

The protests are thought to have included demonstrators who had links to the North West Infidels – the right wing group that caused chaos on the steps of St George’s Hall earlier this year.

Seven people were arrested during the clashes, among them Atkinson, of Brunswick Mews in Birkenhead.

Last week a handful of those arrested by Kent Police over the demonstrations had their cases heard in Canterbury where Atkinson admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

He will be sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court later this month.

Liverpool Echo

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