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Richard Pursell, 44, jailed for violence at Dover far right and anti-fascist demonstrations on January 30

By Sam Lennon

Another thug has been jailed for four months for his part in the Dover riot.

Richard Pursell, 44, of no fixed address, was recorded punching and kicking opponents in the race and immigration demonstrations in Effingham Street and Folkestone Road.

Far right and anti-fascist protesters had clashed in an ugly mass of fighting and stone-throwing in the town on January 30.

Anti-fascist Richard Pursell, freed on appeal after being jailed following the Dover riot.
Anti-fascist Richard Pursell, freed on appeal after being jailed following the Dover riot.

Pursell was one of the demonstrators who had turned violent.

He could be seen acting in an aggressive and threatening manner towards others, often at the front of a group of protesters, Canterbury Crown Court heard.

Pursell was identified by police from footage captured on the day and tracked to an address in Brighton, where he was arrested on March 24.

He was later charged with a public order offence, which he admitted when he appeared at the crown court last Friday . He was sentenced that day.

The Dover riot of January 30. Police brought in dogs as trouble escalated.
The Dover riot of January 30. Police brought in dogs as trouble escalated.

Ins Bill Thornton of Kent Police said: “Richard Pursell is one of almost 60 people arrested so far in connection with the demonstrations, and we are continuing to review all available footage to identify others responsible for causing trouble on the day.

“I hope our actions to date send a clear warning to those intent on committing acts of violence that we do not want you here in Dover or anywhere else in Kent, and that your criminal actions will not go undetected or be ignored.”

Police holding back far right at the Dover race demonsrations, January 30, just before violence erupted.
Police holding back far right at the Dover race demonsrations, January 30, just before violence erupted.

Just two weeks ago, on May 23, right winger Peter Atkinson was jailed for seven years for repeatedly smashing a Union flagpole on photographer Kelvin Williams in the same riot.

And on May 16 Aaron Buttress, 26, of Buckland Avenue, Dover, was jailed for 20 months after admitting violent disorder, committed in breach of two suspended prison sentences.

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