Police officer charged with assault at pro-Brexit rally

Protesters in yellow vests have clashed with police

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

A police officer has been stood down after he was charged with assault at a London rally staged by ‘yellow vest’ pro-Brexit activists.

PC Connor Pennery was charged over an alleged incident during demonstrations in February.

Police said he has been placed on restricted duties and will front court on August 29.

The charge related to clashes between protesters and police during the pro-Brexit march from Whitehall to Piccadilly in central London on February 16.

Six people were charged over the demonstration at the time and Metropolitan Police said two officers were assaulted as they attempted to control violent protesters.

They said the officers were treated in hospital for “actual bodily harm and common assault injuries”.

Pro-Brexit campaigners were wearing hi-visibility yellow vests made famous by French anti-government protesters.

In June one of the leading pro-Brexit protesters James Goddard was convicted of assaulting a photojournalist at a march in Manchester.

He had insisted the UK yellow vest movement was not violent, but promised police he would “give them a war” in scuffles at protests.

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