TEN men accused of violent disorder after right-wing organisations demonstrated in Rotherham town centre have gone on trial.
Mr Paul O’Shea, prosecuting, opened the case at Sheffield Crown Court this morning.
He said that on September 5 last year there was a march organised by right-wing group Britain First and other similar outfits including Yorkshire’s Finest in the wake of the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal.
Racist marchers outnumbered by Asian protestors in Rotherham pub, court hears
A GROUP of right-wing protesters who were shouting “vile racist abuse” after a demonstration in Rotherham “got rather more than they bargained for” when violence broke out in the centre of the town, a court has heard.
A jury was shown CCTV footage of violent scenes in the South Yorkshire town when a group associated with the far-right Britain First group clashed with a group of mainly Asian men.
The footage showed fighting in the street between the two groups before police arrived in numbers to part them.
Ten Rotherham men in court accused of fight with far-right group
Violent disorder allegedly happened when anti-fascist protest coincided with Britain First demonstration
Ten men have appeared in court charged with violent disorder following a clash with a far-right group in Rotherham.
Most of the men were attending an anti-fascist demonstration in the town centre on 5 September 2015, a month after the murder of an 81-year-old Muslim man.
On the same day, a far-right group, Britain First, staged a protest in the town and more than 800 police officers were deployed from across the UK to keep the two groups apart.
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The ten, who have men all denied violent disorder, are:
Mohammed Saleem (44), Mount Street, Masbrough
Nasrum Rashid (22), Fraser Road, Broom
Moshin Mahmood (18), James Street, Masbrough
Abrar Javid (38), St John’s Road, Eastwood
Sadaqat Ali (40), Milton Road, Eastwood
Imran Iqbal (30), Clough Road, Masbrough
Arshad Khan (45), Wellgate Mount, Rotherham
Shaban Ditta (32), Cambridge Crescent, East Dene.
Akaash Nazier (22), Cow Rakes Close, Whiston.
Asif Zaman (48), Wellgate Mount, Rotherham, who also denies a charge of possessing an offensive weapon in Wellgate on the day of the protests.
Two men who were charged in connection with the same incident — Haseeb Alam (19), of Selwyn Street, Eastwood, and Mahroof Sultan (37), of Grosvenor Road, Eastwood — have both admitted violent disorder and will be sentenced at the end of the trial.