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Salford man arrested at a Britain First march in Wolverhampton

A man from Salford has been arrested and charged with a public order offence following a Britain First demonstration in Wolverhampton.

Anthony Walker, 50, has been charged with the use threatening or abusive words or behaviour.

He was arrested at a demonstration by the far right group on Saturday.

A group of around 40 people clashed with United Against Fascism supporters and police were sent to the scene to ensure both factions were kept apart.

There was an allegation that a corrosive substance was hurled at Britain First demonstrators but no injuries were reported.

A large police presence in Wolverhampton for the Britain First march and opposition protesters

Walker, of Gerald Road, was bailed to appear at Walsall Magistrates’ Court on August 25.

At the demonstration police served public order notices to both sets of protesters telling them to keep apart.

Officers reported that the centre of Wolverhampton returned to normal around 2pm although shops said that business had been severely affected.

Chief Superintendent Dave Sturman, from West Midlands Police, said: “The right to demonstrate is a fundamental human right and we have a duty to facilitate peaceful protests, however we had not been given prior notice of today’s event leaving little time to prepare.

“However our policing response was swift and robust ensuring that confrontation was kept to a minimum and the city of Wolverhampton returned to normality as soon as possible.”

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