Four charged after city protests

13 October 2009 10:47
Four people have been charged by police following rival protests in Manchester city centre at the weekend.More than 2,000 people, from the English Defence League (EDL) and Unite Against Fascism (UAF), demonstrated in Piccadilly Gardens. [LNB]Police made 47 arrests and three men have now been charged with public order offences. A fourth faces charge related to possession of cannabis. [LNB]A further 11 people were given fixed penalty notices and 22 were bailed. [LNB]Riot gear[LNB]At least 500 police officers, including some in riot gear, acted as a barrier between rival protesters on Saturday. [LNB]Members of EDL gathered in the city centre to protest against Islamic extremism, but were outnumbered by those objecting to their presence. [LNB]Three people were cautioned and one was reprimanded following the protests. Six men were held for breach of the peace. [LNB]A 26-year-old man from Blackpool is charged with possession of cannabis and is due before Manchester magistrates on Friday. [LNB]Two 30-year-old men from Oldham and a 33-year-old man from Sharples, Bolton, are charged with public order offences and will appear before magistrates on Wednesday.

Source: BBC_Sport