Sheffield thug jailed after clashes between far-right and anti-fascist groups in Dover

Lee Robinson was jailed for two years and ten months
Lee Robinson was jailed for two years and ten months
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A Sheffield thug who travelled 250 miles to throw objects at opposition groups has been jailed for nearly three years.

Lee Robinson, aged 24, of Tipton Street, Wincobank, was involved in violent clashes between members of far-right groups such as the English Defence League and left-wing anti-fascist demonstrators in Dover back in January.

The port town descended into chaos as violence broke out as a counter-protest was held at the same time.

Canterbury Crown Court heard Robinson was filmed acting in an 'aggressive manner' at various points throughout the day, including pushing against the police cordon and throwing objects at opposition protesters.

But the court heard Robinson returned to the Kent port town only three months later with the aim to take part in similar clashes.

The defendant's photograph was circulated to other police forces for identification but he was arrested after returning to Dover for another planned protest on Saturday, April 2.

Extra police officers had been provided to prevent a repeat of violent clashes in January, which saw bricks and smoke bombs thrown between the opposing groups.

Investigating officer PC Peter Frampton said: “By returning to the scene of his crimes, Lee Robinson clearly thought he had got away with the disgraceful behaviour he displayed last January.

“Like more than 70 others arrested since that day, he appeared far more interested in causing trouble and getting into fights than carrying out any type of peaceful protest.

“The courts are coming down hard on offenders like Robinson, and I hope this sends a clear message to anyone planning on attending demonstrations in Kent that you risk receiving a lengthy prison sentence if you are unable to behave in a responsible manner.”

Robinson pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and was sentenced to two years and ten months in prison.