Three fined for offences at Stoke-on-Trent race rally
A man and a 17-year-old male have been fined for racially-aggravated public order offences at a English Defence League (EDL) rally in Stoke-on-Trent.
Anthony Cook, 22, from Shelley Road in Stockport, Manchester, was fined £100 and ordered to pay £85 costs.
And a 17-year-old, who cannot be named, from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, was fined £100 and told to pay £55 costs.
Six males appeared before North Staffordshire Magistrates on Monday, after the EDL rally on 23 January.
About 1,500 EDL supporters protested against Islamic extremism in the Hanley area. Unite Against Fascism held a counter rally on the day. Staffordshire Police arrested a total of 17 EDL protesters.
At at hearing on Monday, Wayne Baldwin, 41, from The Crescent in Hockley, Birmingham, was fined £180 after pleading guilty to a public order offence. He was also ordered to pay £85 costs.
Christopher Harley, 24, from Bower Street in Stockport, Cheshire, pleaded not guilty to a racial or religious public order offence.
And Michael Gawthorpe, 18, from Crofters Way in Saughall, Cheshire, pleaded not guilty to a public order offence. Both were bailed to re-appear at the same court on 15 March for a trial date to be fixed.
Mark Doel, 43, from Primrose Hill in Batley, West Yorkshire, was charged with violent disorder and assaulting a constable.
He did not enter a plea and was bailed ahead of a committal hearing at the same court on 6 April.
From BBC News