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Redditch EDL supporters jailed

Redditch EDL supporters jailed Redditch EDL supporters jailed
Updated: 10:00 am, May 07, 2015

A PAIR of English Defence League supporters from Redditch have been jailed for more than four years after a violent protest in Birmingham.

James Cocks, of Binton Close, Matchborough East, and Adam Emms, of Donnington Close, Church Hill, were among fifty men to be sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court over the past five weeks.

Cocks, 35, was handed a two year sentence, while 24-year-old Emms was given a total of 26 months.

It follows a year long investigation into the disorder which took place in the city centre on July 20, 2013.

After 2,000 protesters listened to speeches and displayed their flags, some of the crowd started to turn violent and threw missiles at police who were trying to maintain order.

A number of officers suffered minor injuries.

The investigation spread as far as Tyne and Wear and an appeal on BBC’s Crimewatch was also aired.

All the men involved received sentences ranging from a 12 month community order to three years and eight months in prison.

Det sgt Harjit Ubhi said: “To see all of those involved in the disorder finally brought to justice is a great testament to the hard work and dedication of the officers who painstakingly worked to identify and arrest those responsible.

“We recovered many hours of CCTV, mobile phone and police footage which led to many months of detective work to painstakingly track those involved throughout the day’s events and then put a name to those faces.

“These court proceedings underline the fact that we will pursue people who commit crime in the West Midlands, no matter how long it takes, and bring them to justice.”