Twenty due in court accused of disorder at Birmingham EDL protest last year

Twenty men are due to appear in court, accused of violent disorder when the English Defence League staged a protest in Birmingham last year.

The defendants have been arrested as part of a nationwide operation to trace and identify people involved in violence in the city centre in July 2013.

The appeal appeared on BBC’s Crimewatch programme in January, which led to several people coming forward and dozens of calls into the incident room naming people suspected of involvement.

Following subsequent enquiries the investigation team made a series of arrests up and down the country.

Ten men have been charged with violent disorder and will appear before Birmingham Magistrates Court on 25 February. A further ten men have this week been charged and will appear before Birmingham Magistrates two days later (27 Feb).

A total of 31 people have been identified from the images of 57 people released during last month’s appeal. Six men have been arrested and released on police bail pending further enquiries.

Work continues by a team of detectives to trace those remaining.

EDL supporters gathered in Centenary Square for the 20 July protest, whilst people staging a counter demonstration met in Chamberlain Square. In total, there were around 2,000 protestors on the day.

Images of seven men suspected of involvement in disorder at the counter demonstration have also been released. One of those men has also been identified.

Names of those arrested and charged for 25 February:

Ashley Rowland , aged 24, from Adwick Road, Nesborough, Barnsley

Neil Jones, aged 44, from Meadow Farm Drive, Shrewsbury

Melvyn Parker, aged 46, from Newtondale Ave, Mansfield

Paul Mckenzie, aged 48, from Braemar Road, Billingham, Cleveland

Andrew Edge, aged 43, from Wellington Road South, Stockport

Dean Kenney, aged 41, from Bannister Green Villas, Felsted, Essex

Mark Connor, aged 24, from Wood Lane, Streetly

James Harrington, aged 29, from Kentmere Ave, Leeds

William Bartlett, aged 25, from Hotspur Ave, Whitley Bay

Kenny Graham, aged 19, from Ottawa Road, Middlesbrough

Names of those arrested and charged for 27 February:

Joel Smith, aged 23, of Lupton Road, Sheffield

James Cocks, aged 34, of Binton Close, Redditch

Jake Hill, aged 21, of Mill Street, Brierley Hill

Allan Fisher-Cribb, aged 19, of Wheeler Street, Newtown

Mark Morgan, aged 24, of Wedgwood Street, Newcastle Under Lyme

Shane Williams, aged 26, of Dragons Lane, Leicester

Thomas Nelson, aged 20, of Seaforth Road, Bolton

Lloyd Lewis, aged 22, of Cooks Close, Atherstone

Josh Norrey, aged 22, of Priors Way, Birmingham

Adam Beebee, aged 27, of Boundary Road, Birmingham

West Midlands Police