Two convicted over offences during Dewsbury EDL demo

Kevin SmithTwo men who were arrested during a demonstration in Dewsbury have appeared in court.

Police made five arrests when the English Defence League held a demonstration outside Dewsbury Town Hall on Saturday June 30.

On Wednesday, 20-year old Gary Wellings, of Dudley, was convicted of using threatening words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress. He was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs at Kirklees Magistrates Court.

Magistrates also dealt with Kevin Smith, 53, of Brierley Hill in the West Midlands [pictured]. He must pay a £150 fine, £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge after he admitted possessing mephedrone. A drug forfeiture and destruction order was also made.

One of the other men arrested was jailed last week for two offences. The two others were released on police bail. One was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and the other for possessing an offensive weapon.

Dewsbury Reporter, 15 July 2012

See also the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, 12 July 2012

Needless to say, Wellings “denied he was an EDL member, claiming that he had only been to one previous meeting”. Has there ever been a case of an EDL member appearing in court and admitting to membership?

Two years ago Kevin Smith received an eight-week suspended prison sentence after being convicted of religiously aggravated harassment for putting a pig’s head on the wall of Dudley central mosque. Here’s another picture of him, holding an EDL banner.

Kevin Smith with 'Muzzie Scum' banner