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Police officer injured in National Front demonstration in Dover

By Eleanor Perkins

Police have revealed that one of their officers was injured, but no arrests were made, at yesterday’s National Front march in Dover.

Around 250 protesters from several groups attended the demonstration which started at 12.30pm and ended at 3.15pm.

The far-right demonstrators were met by opposing groups, with some violence witnessed.

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National Front Protesters outside the Port of Dover in September
National Front Protesters outside the Port of Dover in September

Carly Morris said she saw “lumps of concrete” being thrown by opposition groups.

She said: “It was very dangerous, disgusting violence and certainly not down to the protesters.”

Video: Police are confronted by demonstrators

A spokesman said: “One police officer suffered bruising to his shoulder and some parked cars were damaged in Russell Street after various items were thrown but the protest passed without major incident. There were no arrests.”

Extra police officers were on duty in the town to keep opposing groups separated and allow the planned march to run peacefully to Dover Eastern Docks.

Extra police officers were on duty in the town to keep opposing groups separated
Extra police officers were on duty in the town to keep opposing groups separated
Aerial shot by Calum Forrester
Aerial shot by Calum Forrester

Traffic on Townwall Street was delayed for 45 minutes.

A spokesman added: “Kent Police would like to thank the community for its co-operation.”

For the full story and more pictures pick up this week's Dover Mercury - out on Thursday.

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