10 November 2012
A successful policing operation saw two protest marches in
Norwich pass off without major incident today.
Norwich Policing Commander Supt Paul Sanford said the English
Defence League (EDL) and counter protest march by We Are Norwich
had been ‘challenging’ but police had ‘met their objective’ of
facilitating two lawful protests.
Around 400 police officers from eleven forces, including
Norfolk, provided high profile policing for the event in the
An increased police presence will remain in Norwich during the
course of this evening.
The EDL and We Are Norwich protesters took part in demonstrations,
marching to City Hall where assemblies were held. Both groups
dispersed at around 3pm.
Supt Sanford said: “I am really pleased with the outcome of
today’s policing operation. At times it was challenging for
officers but we successfully met our objectives of allowing the two
groups to protest, which was their legal right.
“The event was largely peaceful but we acted swiftly and
robustly to any signs of disorder.
“I would like to thank those who supported the peaceful event to
members of the public and local businesses for their time and
patience during the marches.
“We received some fantastic comments from the public during the
protest to thank the police for their support.”
Four people were arrested during the course of the event, three
have since been charged:
Scott Maddox, 22, of Beecheno Road, Norwich, charged with
possession of an offensive weapon, namely a form of baton, and
bailed to appear at Norwich Magistrates' Court on November 30.
Darrell Copeland, 45, of Dorchester Ave, Bletchley, Milton
Keynes, charged with Section 4 Public Order, using threatening
words or behaviour, bailed to appear at Norwich Magistrates' Court
on November 26.
Matthew Berryman, 28, of Astell Road, Norwich, charged with Section
4 Public Order, using threatening words or behaviour, bailed to
appear at Norwich Magistrates' Court on November 27.
A 44 year old man from Telford, Shropshire, arrested on suspicion
of assault was later cautioned for a public order offence.
During a minor scuffle at Castle Meadow, one man suffered slight
injuries. No other injuries were reported.
Police used Twitter and a free text service to ensure people
were kept informed of key developments and to support business as
usual for those not participating.