Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Injured Student 'Took Part in Demo Violence'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Injured Student 'Took Part in Demo Violence'

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Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent

A PHILOSOPHY student who claims he suffered head injuries from a police baton during the anti-university fees protest in London was involved in the "sustained and widespread violence and disorder" in the capital, a court heard today.

Alfie Meadows, 21, needed surgery after the demonstration in December 2010, when he said he was struck over the head with a police truncheon as 10,000 people took to the streets.

A second-year student at Middlesex University at the time, he says he was injured as he tried to leave an area where protesters were "kettled in" by police.

Prosecutor James Lofthouse told Kingston crown court, where Meadows and four others are on trial on disorder charges, that the demonstration was one of four over increased university tuition fees, and each involved "serious disorder and violence against both the police and property".

He said: "It is the right of anyone in this country to engage in lawful protests. …

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