EDL rally cop-attack charge dismissed

CHARGES DROPPED ... Holly Smallwood at court yesterday.

CHARGES DROPPED ... Holly Smallwood at court yesterday.

A WOMAN accused of trying to headbutt a police officer after a far-right rally in South Tyneside saw the case against her dismissed yesterday.

Holly Smallwood faced charges of resisting arrest and being drunk and disorderly after a march by the English Defence League in South Shields, on August 31, last year.

The 27-year-old first appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court last October, when she entered ‘not guilty’ pleas to both offences.

Yesterday, she was back at the court but, with the case facing adjournment due to a lack of time, the prosecution and defence came to a “common sense” agreement to ensure the matter was completed.

Ian Simpson, prosecuting, offered no evidence for the offences, with magistrates agreeing to dismiss the two charges.

Smallwood, of Manor Grange, Lanchester, County Durham, in turn agreed to be bound over to keep the peace for a sum of £50 for six months.

Mr Simpson said: “It is fair to say there was an incident the defendant became involved in and struggled with the officer.

“Using common sense, rather than adjourn the case, its agreed that the defendant will be bound over to be of good character for such a sum and period that you feel appropriate.

“She is a lady of good character and no previous convictions.”

Kevin Smallcombe, defending, said: “She is certainly prepared to be bound over to be of good character. She is 27 and has no convictions.

“The court can be rest assured she will be of good behaviour. She attended for a legitimate and organised protest. She feels she was dealt with unfairly on the day.”

About 350 members of the English Defence League and the North East Infidels took part in the march through South Shields.

The two groups were met at Pier Parade by about 100 counter-protesters from South Tyneside Unites Against Fascism.

A number of people were arrested before, during and after the protest on suspicion of assault, breaching the peace, being drunk and disorderly, affray and disorderly conduct.



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