Published: 00:00, 22 March 2017
| Updated: 12:34, 22 March 2017
Two more violent rioters are behind bars after admitting throwing objects at people in a violent protest.
Michael Reilly, 53, of Teilos Drive in Bridgend, South Wales, and Gary Crane, 50, of South Row in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, travelled to Dover to take part in a pre-planned march on Saturday, January 30, 2016.
Fighting broke out when opposing right wing and left wing sides clashed.
The right wing visitors claim they were protesting in support of lorry drivers facing fines when migrants board their vehicles in France illegally. A counter protest was organised and took place in the town’s market square in support of refugees.
Kent Police detectives reviewed hundreds of hours of evidential footage captured on the day of the disturbance and witnessed both men throwing objects.
Reilly was arrested at his home address on Tuesday, June 21, and Crane at his home on Wednesday, July 20. Both were subsequently charged with violent disorder and pleaded guilty when they appeared at Canterbury Crown Court.
Crane was jailed for eight months and Reilly for 11 months.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Kirsty Bricknell said: “Gary Crane and Michael Reilly are the latest in a long line of offenders who are now behind bars for the violent crimes committed in Dover last year.
“Regardless of the difference of political views involved on the day, there is never any excuse for this type of criminal activity to take place.”