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An English Defence League supporter from Rugeley has been banned from all licensed premises after a judge saw a recording of violence after the group he was in was turned away from a pub.

Ross Gilbert was the seventh man to be dealt with at Warwick Crown Court following a clash between EDL supporters and customers at the George Eliot pub in Bridge Street, Nuneaton.

He and the other six had all pleaded guilty to a charge of violent disorder following the incident which took place almost four years ago in February 2011.

Gilbert, aged 28, of William Morris Court, Rugeley, was sentenced to eight months in prison suspended for 12 months and ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Andrew Lockhart QC also imposed an exclusion order banning him from all public houses and restaurants where alcohol is served for three months.

He told Gilbert, who was given a football banning order last month because of drunken behaviour at the Hawthorns in December, he had escaped custody ‘by a hair’s breadth.’

Prosecutor Lisa Hancox said a group of EDL supporters, including Gilbert, had been to Luton for a demonstration and had to change trains in Nuneaton on their way back to Staffordshire. Several of them took the opportunity to head into the town centre for a drink, and after going to a kebab shop they headed to the George Eliot.

On the way one of the group was captured by a CCTV camera stopping to put on a cross of St George face mask before they congregated outside the pub where they were refused entry. There was a stand-off during which a drinker came out of the pub and confronted the masked EDL supporter, at which point Gilbert threw a punch at him.

And Judge Lockhart, watching a CCTV recording observed: “He was the first to use physical violence.”

Gilbert, representing himself, said: “I feel ashamed. It was four years ago. I was younger, stupid. I’ve moved on in my life.”

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English Defence League supporters became involved in ‘grotesque violence’ as they tried to get into a pub on their way back from a rally, a court heard.

The clash between EDL supporters from Rugeley and Tamworth and drinkers at the pub in Nuneaton led to six men being sentenced at Warwick Crown Court for their parts in the disorder.

But because of the long delay in the police getting the case to court following the incident in February 2011, all six were handed suspended prison sentences.

Christopher Tully, John Horton, Neil Grant and Daniel Edkins were all sentenced to eight months in prison suspended for 12 months after pleading guilty to violent disorder.

Tully, 26, of Cadogan Road, Dosthill, Tamworth, was also ordered to do 130 hours of unpaid work and to pay £300 costs.

Horton, 44, of Johnson Close, Rugeley, whose health problems make him unfit for unpaid work, was made subject to a 4pm to 3am electronically-tagged curfew for three months.

Grant, 45, of Stoneleigh Court, Coton Road, Nuneaton, was ordered to do 120 hours work and pay £300 costs, and Edkins, 31, of Marston Lane, Nuneaton, to do 110 hours and to pay £100 costs.

Stephen Ginnelly, 52, of Franklin Court, Nuneaton, who had also admitted violent disorder, and Douglas Tully, 25, of Cadogan Road, Dosthill, who had pleaded guilty to affray, were both sentenced to six months suspended for 12 months. They were both ordered to do 80 hours of unpaid work, with Ginnelly having to pay £100 costs and Douglas Tully £200.

A seventh man, Ross Gilbert, 27, of William Morris Close, Rugeley, who had admitted violent disorder, failed to turn up at the court, and his case was adjourned.

Prosecutor Jason Pegg said: “The disorder involved two groups. Both Tullys, together with Horton and Gilbert were part of the EDL group; and the second group was the other three defendants who were enjoying an evening in a pub in Nuneaton, the George Eliot in Bridge Street.

“The EDL group had been to Luton to an EDL demonstration. They got off the train and went into Nuneaton town centre. They bought some fish and chips and made their way to the George.”

CCTV coverage showed that on the way Christopher Tully put on gloves and a ski mask with the cross of St George on it.

When they reached the George Eliot at about 7.15pm people at the pub stood in the doorway to prevent them getting in.

Sentencing the men, Judge Griffith-Jones told them: “I don’t know if any of you thought you were being hard or impressive, you just looked truly pathetic.

“But the most important point in mitigation in this case is the fact that we are now in September 2014, and these events took place in February 2011.

“If I had been dealing with the case in any sort of reasonable period of time, it would have been my duty to set a sentence which would act as a deterrence to drunken thugs fighting in this way – but after three-and-a-half years such a sentence would not be just.”

Express & Star

Pub landlord threatened with arson if he handed over CCTV footage to police

Riot police outside the Granby pub in Nuneaton

Riot police outside the Granby pub in Nuneaton



Seven more men have been jailed for their parts in the football-related mob violence which broke out in Nuneaton town centre.

A judge heard that one of the men threatened to burn down the Granby pub if its landlord handed over CCTV footage of trouble inside the premises.

Others were caught on camera outside the pub throwing glasses at the police line.

Appearing at the court in a series of hearings were Stephen Ginnelly, Jack Williamson, Ryan Palmer, Nicholas Ginnelly, Andrew Gadsby, Jamie Cheshire and Jack Paul, who had all pleaded guilty to charges of violent disorder.

Stephen Ginnelly, 51, of Franklin Court, Nuneaton, was jailed for six months; Williamson, 23, of Chancery Lane, Nuneaton, for 11 months; and Ryan Palmer, 37, of Keenan Drive, Bedworth for 15 months.

Nicholas Ginnelly, 38, of Coronation Court, Nuneaton, who also admitted an offence of affray for which he was on bail at the time, was jailed for a total of 21 months.

Prosecutor Theresa Thorp had said Lincoln fans had gathered in two pubs nearby as officers were deployed to try to ‘kettle’ about 100 Nuneaton supporters outside the Granby.

Glasses were thrown, and gestures and threats were made to police officers and towards the Lincoln fans.

The mob burst into the pub, and as officers used riot shields to keep them inside, chairs and glasses were thrown at them.

Miss Thorp said that during the incident outside the pub Stephen Ginnelly threw a part-full plastic glass which struck a police officer.

Thomas Lawal, for Ginnelly, had gone to the pub for a birthday party and had thrown the glass out of ‘utter frustration’ at not being allowed to leave when he tried to do so.

Williamson was seen on CCTV gesticulating at the police or Lincoln fans to ‘come on,’ and threw a pint glass.

He then began inciting the rest of the crowd by chanting: “If you hate Old Bill clap your hands.”

Then as the mob forced their way into the pub, he struggled with the landlord who was trying to stop them, and then threw an object at police officers in the doorway.

Judge Alan Parker told Williamson: “One of the disturbing features is that, like you, many of the defendants who became involved in the violence were men who hitherto had led impeccable lives.”

Miss Thorp said Palmer had entered his plea on the basis that after the police had surrounded the Granby, he had asked to leave because he had arranged to pick up his child.

After his request was refused, he became abusive and kicked an officer’s riot shield, and then inside the pub he threw chairs and other objects to officers who had their shields up at the open window to prevent people climbing out.

His barrister told the court Palmer was ‘‘extremely embarrassed and ashamed’’.

Miss Thorp said that outside the pub Nicholas Ginnelly threw two plastic glasses of beer at the police, and once inside he threw two chairs and a plant pot at officers by the window.

He was among a group who began to help themselves to beer from behind the bar and he threatened the licensee that if he handed over the pub’s CCTV footage to the police he would burn the pub down.

Miss Thorp pointed out that at the time Nicholas Ginnelly was on bail for his part in an affray at another pub, for which the judge jailed him for three months consecutive to 18 months for his part in the violent disorder.

She said Gadsby had thrown a glass while in the middle of the mob outside the pub, although his barrister Ian Speed said it was actually a plastic bottle.

Gadsby, 25, of Higham Lane, Nuneaton, was jailed for six months.

Cheshire, 22, of Meadow Street, Nuneaton, was also jailed for six months. He was caught on CCTV walking round with a pint glass before throwing it and then running towards the police line with his arms outstretched and shouting ‘charge.’

Paul, 18, of Morwood Crescent, Nuneaton, was sentenced to 18 weeks detention after he had been seen standing on a bench and making obscene gestures towards the Lincoln fans before throwing a glass.

Coventry Telegraph

The EDL Supporter in this article is Stephen Ginnelly who was convicted of EDL related violent disorder in this incident

Men were arrested after police turned up to deal with fights which broke out in Bridge Street

Six men have appeared in court following an incident in which English Defence League supporters were involved in violence outside a Nuneaton town centre pub.

The men were arrested after police turned up to deal with fights which broke out in Bridge Street, Nuneaton, and in the doorway of the George Eliot pub.

Noting at the crown court in Leamington that the incident had taken place as long ago as February 2011, Judge Sylvia de Bertodano asked why it had taken so long to get to court.

Prosecutor Aliya Rashid explained that the police had been searching for witnesses and trying to track down other people who had been involved.

At the court, five men from Nuneaton, Tamworth and Rugeley, Staffordshire, pleaded guilty to a charge of violent disorder.

They were Daniel Edkins, 31, of Marston Lane, Nuneaton; Stephen Ginelly,51, of Franklin Court, Nuneaton; John Horton, 43, of Johnson Close, Rugeley; Neil Grant,45, of Stoneleigh Court, Coton Road, Nuneaton; and Christopher Tully,26, of Cadogan Road, Dosthill, Tamworth.

But Douglas Tully, 44, also of Cadogan Road, Dosthill, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

His barrister Jane Sarginson explained that he would admit a public order offence, but denied using any unlawful violence during the incident.

Mrs Rashid said that was not accepted by the prosecution, commenting that he was the brother of ‘one of the main defendants’ when the EDL group had approached the pub.

So his case was adjourned for trial, which is expected to take place in July, and he was granted bail.

And of Christopher Tully’s ‘basis of plea’ that he had not been looking for trouble, she told the judge: “That is not accepted by the Crown. He stopped and put gloves on and a banner round his face before going to the pub.”

In January this year Ginnelly had been jailed for six months for his part in football-related violence outside the Granby pub in Nuneaton in March last year.

Asking for an addendum to a pre-sentence report prepared for that hearing, his barrister Kevin Saunders said he wanted it to consider the effect the sentence, which he has now served, has had on Ginnelly.

Judge de Bertodano agreed, and also ordered pre-sentence reports on the other four men who had pleaded guilty.

They were all granted bail, but the judge warned: “They are to be under no illusions that, despite the lapse of time, custodial sentences must be at the forefront of the court’s mind.”

Coventry Telegraph

AN URGENT call for help has been made to the government to protect Nuneaton from falling victim to the English Defence League again.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council leader, councillor Dennis Harvey wants the Home Secretary Theresa May to take action as the town has been targeted by the controversial group more than any other place in the entire country.

A letter, signed by Cllr Harvey, Cllr Peter Gilbert, the leader of the opposing Conservatives at the Town Hall, and chief executive Christine Kerr, has been sent to the corridors of power in Parliament asking for help following the most recent demonstration and march.

“Saturday saw the fourth visit of the English Defence League to our borough, a visit that brought nothing but fear, problems and enormous cost to local residents,” Cllr Harvey said.

“From what I can gather, we have now been targeted more than any other town in Britain.

“The borough council, along with the county council, has asked the Home Secretary to act in regard to the EDL. The local authorities, nor the police, can continue to deal with this problem alone. Nuneaton and Bedworth is a harmonious community, where people of all cultures and backgrounds get along well together. Attempts to disrupt this and divide us will not win, but we cannot do this alone. “The government must act to protect small towns such as ours.”

As featured in yesterday’s News, businesses and market traders are now counting the cost of the demonstration and march.

Early indications are that around half a million pound in revenue was lost on the day, but that shocking figure could rise further.

Despite some businesses choosing to close and others shutting up shop by the afternoon, there were stores and market stall holders who attempted to trade throughout the day.

Their determination to ensure it was `business as usual,’ as well as the huge policing effort to protect the town has been praised by Cllr Harvey.

“Can I pass on my thanks to those residents and to the market traders, shopkeepers and others who decided to stand firm and not let people from elsewhere ‘win’,” he said.

“Our local police deserve nothing but praise for the way in which they handled this march and dealt with the many hundreds of people who came in to our borough to disrupt daily life.”

Chiefs at Warwickshire Race Equality Partnership (WREP) joined the plaudits, particularly those who took part in the counter demonstration in the Church Street car park.

“A big thankyou to the communities of Nuneaton, who have shown great strength and courage, and listened to community leaders to stand together against far right parties and not to rise to provocation and enticement,” said Helal Shahid, WREP chief executive.

“I am pleased that Saturday passed peacefully, nevertheless, anyone who does need support, help or advice on how to report any racist incident can do so through one of our reporting centres.”

The huge policing operation almost certainly stopped simmering tensions boiling over into violence moments after the EDL’s official march had started at just after 1pm.

It came to a nasty flashpoint as the march came past the Church Street car park where around 150 Nuneaton Anti-Facist Alliance (NAFA)and associated group members were staging a peaceful static, counter demonstration.

Cans, bottles, stones and fireworks were thrown, and angry words and chants were exchanged between the rival protesters.

It came to an ugly climax when both sides surged towards each other and police horses, dogs and riot officers had to rush-in to keep the two apart.

The march then proceeded around onto Vicarage Street, past the Justice Centre, down into Bond Gate and then back up Wheat Street and into the Justice Walk car park, where an EDL rally was held.

But the policing operation carried on way after the coaches had arrived to collect the majority of the sympathisers, who came from across the country.

As a result of the huge police presence, seven arrests were made, which led to three people being charged and they are now due to appear before justices at Nuneaton Magistrates Court.

They are Calum Michael Bruce, aged 23 from Hartshill, Nuneaton who was charged with a public order offence.

Kevin Patrick Keegan, aged 44 and from Walsall, who was charged with a public order offence, and Gary Watson, aged 42 from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, who has been charged with being drunk and disorderly.

All three have been released on police bail to appear before Magistrates at the Vicarage Street-based court on Tuesday.

A 17-year-old male from Nuneaton who was arrested for possession of a knife has received a final warning. A 16-year-old male and a 17-year-old male, both from Nuneaton, who were arrested on suspicion of causing affray have been released on police bail.

So has a 21-year-old man from Nottingham, who was arrested on suspicion of robbery. All three have been bailed to appear at the local police station at a later date, pending further police enquiries.

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