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Police arrested three people amid clashes at Dover when far-right protesters attempted to block the port.

A 25-year-old man from London was held and taken into custody on suspicion of assault on a police officer. A 43-year-old man, of no fixed address, was arrested on suspicion of theft and a 26-year-old was detained accused of assault and dangerous driving.

All were still in custody following the end of the protest, which was estimated involved up to 65 demonstrators.

Protesters face police outside the Castle Hotel. Picture: Alan Langley
Protesters face police outside the Castle Hotel. Picture: Alan Langley

The demonstration had been organised to raise concern over the problems lorry drivers face from illegal immigrants trying to board their vehicles in Calais to get into England.

The event was promoted by Facebook group "Support the Dover to Calais Truckers" but the protesters were met by anti-fascist groups as well as a strong police contingent. Members of Unite Against Fascism (UAF) who campaign against fascist organisations such as the BNP were believed to have been present.

Scenes from the disturbances in Dover. Picture: Alan Langley
Scenes from the disturbances in Dover. Picture: Alan Langley

It follows a march in October, where a crowd formed at the roundabout closest to the port blocking one lane for around 45 minutes.

October's protest was attended by members of far right groups including South East Alliance, the British National Party, the National Front and the East Kent English Patriots.

It is believed the same groups were in attendance yesterday (Sunday).

Eye-witnesses have said up to four police vans, four police bikes and at least 50 walking police officers were at the scene.

Scenes from the Dover disturbances. Picture: Alan Langley
Scenes from the Dover disturbances. Picture: Alan Langley

Deal resident Carly Morris was caught up in the chaos as she left the Dover Leisure Centre car park in Townwall Street.

She said: "I have never been so scared in all my life. I was sat in my car waiting to leave the car park by the swimming pool, when a group of masked men took it upon themselves to attack a passing van right in front of me."

Far-right demonstrators attempted to block the Port of Dover.
Far-right demonstrators attempted to block the Port of Dover.

Miss Morris had her two-year-old disabled son in the car with her. She was escorted out of the way by police officers.

She added: "The police acted first class getting me out of the way.

Protesters at The Port of Dover. Photo: Kent 999s
Protesters at The Port of Dover. Photo: Kent 999s

"I really did fear for my safety and I am shaking still. I cannot believe things like this can happen on the streets of Dover."

Drivers were advised to avoid passing through the town centre and docks area for safety reasons and to avoid delays.

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