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SENTENCED: Hemel man jailed for violent part in Tommy Robinson protest

 Published on: 9th October 2019   |   By: Amelie Gregory   |   Category: Uncategorized

A man from Hemel Hempstead was part of a group that have been jailed for attacking police officers at a pro-Tommy Robinson protest in London last June.  

Danny Grealey, 43, from Hemel Hempstead, has been given an 18-month sentence on September 27 after pleading guilty and admitting to throwing a traffic cone at police. 

The violent disorder in June 2018 saw injuries to 20 police officers at a ‘Free Tommy Robinson’ demonstration in Whitehall. 

Scaffolding, glass bottles and items of street furniture, including heavy barriers, were thrown at police. 

Serious disruption was caused to members of the public, local businesses and the local community as a result.

Detective Sergeant Matt Hearing, who led the Operation Augusta team, said: “This investigation proved extremely challenging with hundreds of hours of CCTV, video and Body Worn Video to examine. However, such was the weight of evidence brought against those charged, that all pleaded guilty.

“Peaceful protest plays an important role in our society. However, the actions of some involved in this demonstration showed a contempt both for the law and the police. Officers that day were there to ensure the safety of all those taking part yet were met with abuse and violence.”

Robert Hutchinson, prosecutor from the London CPS complex casework unit, said: “The terrifying disorder wreaked by these individuals in the heart of London on 9 June 2018, was inexcusable. 

“Protestors set out to intimidate and hurt police, injuring more than 20 officers who were protecting the public and tourists in Central London on the day of Trooping of the Colour, and who should have been able to go about their duties without fear of violence.”

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