20 people get a total of 42 years behind bars for Newcastle Black Lives Matter protest violence

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A peaceful Black Lives Matter protest turned violent in Newcastle in June 2020

A total of 20 people have been sentenced for violent disorder after an incident at Grey's Monument in Newcastle in 2020 which saw a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest turn violent.

More than 42 years worth of jail time has been handed out to those involved in the "unacceptable and shameful" behaviour.

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Pockets of disorder broke out during planned protest activity being held at Grey’s Monument on June 13, 2020.

On that day, ITV News reported of violence that overtook a peaceful Black Lives Matter movement in Newcastle that was set up after the death of George Floyd.

The outlet reported that the trouble began as a separate group of protestors, labelled the 'Defenders of Newcastle', squared up to the rally.

Footage captured on the day showed fighting and scuffles break-out between protesters and counter-protesters, as well as missiles being thrown and smoke canisters let off.

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The disorder also resulted in a number of officers, police dogs and horses sustaining injuries, as well as a 17-year-old protester, who was taken to hospital with a head injury after she was struck by a bottle.

Mugshots of some of those convicted Mugshots of some of those convicted
Mugshots of some of those convicted | -

Vandals also graffitied the Monument and litter was strewn around the surrounding area.

Following the trouble on June 13, a major investigation was launched with scores of suspects arrested and more than 200 hours of footage trawled and examined.

A total of 38 people were charged with violent disorder – 34 men and two women, as well as two teenagers.

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In the last two weeks, a total of 20 people have been sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court for their roles – pleading guilty to violent disorder.

Between them, they were sentenced to a combined 507 months behind bars.

Speaking after the latest hearing on Friday, Assistant Chief Constable Neil Hutchison condemned the actions of those convicted.

Protests took place at Grey’s Monument (Image: Getty Images)Protests took place at Grey’s Monument (Image: Getty Images)
Protests took place at Grey’s Monument (Image: Getty Images) | Getty Images

He said: “The scenes we watched unfold during this protest activity were absolutely unacceptable and have no place here in our city – a place which prides itself on being friendly and hospitable.

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“I am pleased that those convicted have been brought to justice for their shameful and violent actions.

“We understand the right to lawful protest is a key part of any democracy which the police will uphold, however we will not allow them to be used as an excuse to commit crime.

“I would like to thank the officers, volunteers and police staff, as well as our partners, who formed part of this major investigation. The convictions we have seen are a testament to their hard work and dedication and I hope these results highlight to the wider public that we will not tolerate this type of behaviour.”

Those convicted and sentenced are as follows:

Craig Hornsby, of Wordsworth Close, Hexham, jailed for 28 months

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Christopher Bone, of Affleck Street, Gateshead, jailed for 29 months

Neil Drummond, of Audley Road, South Gosforth, two years imprisonment suspended for two years

Ryan Barlow, of Parklands Way, Felling, jailed for 27 months

Ronald Short, of Stockwell Green in Newcastle, jailed for 27 months

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Michael O’Brien, of Beresford Gardens in Byker, jailed for 27 months

Wendy Robson, of Tauton Avenue, North Shields, jailed for 29 months

Jay Plunkett, of Lumley Walk, Dunston, jailed for 27 months

Elliott Wright, of Paxton Court in Pity Me, Durham, jailed for 27 months

Christopher Butters, of Moorland Avenue, Bedlington, jailed for 31 months

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Colin Green, of Church Street, Sunderland, jailed for 29 months

Darhys Moore, of Fern Close, Prudhoe, 24 months imprisonment suspended for 12 months

Christopher Simpson, of Cedar Road, Fenham, jailed for 29 months

Christopher Wood, of Malvern Road, Washington, jailed for 28 months

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Usman Ogiden, of Gerald Street, Benwell, jailed for 26 months

Philip Scorfield, of Howlett Hall Road, Newcastle. jailed for 29 months

Derek Hasse, of Ross Grove, Cramlington, jailed for 26 months

John Mann, of Acomb Crescent, Gosforth, jailed for 29 months

George Coulson, of Beechburn Walk, Newcastle, jailed for 29 months

Matthew Chapman, of Church Street East, Sunderland, jailed for 30 months