Two Police Officers assaulted, shop windows smashed, a pub ransacked and 27 arrests.
As the cleaning up began,
Supt. Steve Whitton of Sussex Police said;
“The March for England in Brighton on Sunday (April 27) passed without any major incident. The main march and counter protest passed relatively peacefully, with smaller numbers on both sides than previous years.There were between 400 and 500 counter protesters and around 200 for the March for England.”While there have been a few incidents around the city these were swiftly dealt with.There were a few minor injuries, and one person who was arrested was treated at hospital.
“”Elsewhere around the city centre, there were small incidents of disorder, and there were people blocking the road to the station along Queen’s Road and Surrey Street. During this time two police officers, working as protest liaison officers, were assaulted. Although they weren’t injured they were knocked to the floor and had items thrown at them, leaving them extremely shaken
“Thankfully there were no serious injuries and I am satisfied with the initial assessment of the way it was policed. However, I know there was disruption to the seafront and the city and it is very important we work in partnership with the businesses and city council to look at the impact it has for any future events.
“This was a significant policing operation, but I am satisfied that the results show that it was proportionate and appropriate in keeping the city relatively peaceful and free from serious disorder.
“Sussex Police reported that 27 arrests had been made for offences including affray, ABH, possession of offensive weapons and other public order offences.