Two more protestors jailed over Dover violence

Contributed by editor on Feb 24, 2017 - 12:15 PM

Two more protestors have been jailed for aggressive acts committed in Dover in January 2016.


Martin Corner, 36, from Bolton, and Thomas Law, 54, from Coventry, were both found guilty of violent disorder following a trial at Canterbury Crown Court.

The men had travelled to Dover on Saturday 30 January 2016 to take part in a march through the town, where they were involved in clashes with people holding a counter-protest at the same time.

Corner was jailed for two years after he was filmed attempting to break through the police lines and encouraging others to join him. He was also caught throwing an object at counter-protestors.

Law was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after he too was seen to throw objects. He was also caught being verbally abusive to a member of the public who was not involved in the disturbance.

Kent Police officers spent many hours viewing all available footage of the violence and attempting to identify those responsible, leading to the arrests of both men on Thursday 31 March.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Hilary Bell said: ‘There is no excuse for the crimes committed by Martin Corner, Thomas Law and the more than 40 other offenders who have been sentenced so far.

‘They could have chosen to walk away but instead they participated in disgraceful scenes that caused great concern and anger for law-abiding residents of Dover.

‘Hopefully all those now serving time for their actions will consider if it was really worth it, and think twice before displaying such behaviour in future.’

Both Corner and Law were sentenced on Wednesday 22 February 2017.

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