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Six men at court on EDL disorder charges


Six more men have appeared before Birmingham Magistrates Court this morning (Wednesday) accused of violent disorder at a protest by the English Defence League last year.

The group were charged last month with crimes that allegedly took place when the EDL staged a demonstration in Centenary Square on 20 July 2013.

Two other men will also appear in court this week charged with violent disorder at a counter demonstration, which was staged in Chamberlain Square on the same day.

This week’s court appearances will bring the total number of people charged in connection with the disorder to 60.

Those previously charged either await trial or their cases have been adjourned for sentencing, having entered guilty pleas.

A further three men who were at the EDL protest have been cautioned for lesser offences.

Many of the defendants were arrested as part of a nationwide operation to trace and identify people involved in the violence. An appeal featured on BBC’s Crimewatch programme in January. The televised appeals led to several people coming forward and dozens of calls into the incident room naming people suspected of involvement.

Following today’s hearing, the six men were bailed to appear before Birmingham Crown Court on 20 November.

Those who appeared today are:

Adam Emms, aged 23, of Donnington Close, Redditch.

Kane Moffatt, aged 21, of  Hawthorne Crescent, Doncaster.

Danny Purvis, aged 33, of Newcastle Hill, Kent.

Karl Reed, aged 51, of Maple Grove, Bletchley.

Andrew Warren, of Freehold St, Shoreham By-Sea.

The final defendant Joshua Wall, aged 20, of The Ridgeway, Erdington, did not appear and a warrant was issued for his arrest.