Stoke man charged with assaulting police officer during Burslem protest rally

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A man has been arrested and charged for allegedly assaulting a Staffordshire Police officer during Saturday’s protest rally in Burslem.

David Davis, 20, of Leek New Road, Stoke-on-Trent, is charged with one count of assaulting a police officer.

Davis is accused of spitting and punching an officer shortly after the protest started at 4pm on Saturday.

Disorder arose between demonstrators from the Stoke-on-Trent Infidels, organisers of what they called an ‘anti-grooming’ rally, and counter-protesters NorSCARF.

Fireworks and bottles were thrown.

Officers mediated the disorder between the two sides and by 6pm the group had been disbanded.

Inspector Jonathan Staite said: “This was planned to be a peaceful protest but unfortunately tensions between the two sides escalated into disorder and objects were thrown.

“Our officers were able to intervene and calm the situation and prevent any further clashes from taking place. Luckily, no-one was seriously injured.

“Our main priority is keeping the public safe and while everyone has a right to protest, using violence and intimidation will not be tolerated and it will be stopped.”

Staffordshire Police is to review all footage from the incident and could make further arrests if other offences are identified.

In a separate incident, an officer who was injured during Saturday’s protest when a police vehicle ran over her foot is recovering at home.

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