Suspect named after emergency worker beaten in ‘full on riot’ in Merseyside
A young man has been charged after protests outside a Merseyside hotel providing accommodation for asylum seekers took a violent turn.
A 19-year-old has been charged with violent disorder and assault after allegedly beating an emergency worker outside the Suites Hotel in Knowsley, when a rally against refugees clashed with counter protesters from pro-migrant groups, on Friday, February 10.
Jarad Skeete from Aigburth was one of the 15 people arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and taken to police stations across Merseyside, reports Liverpool Echo.
The suspect was remanded into custody and will appear at Wirral Adult Remand Court tomorrow, Monday, February 13.
A total of 13 men and two women, between the ages of 13 and 54, were arrested after the incident, and the remaining 14 suspects have been conditionally bailed pending the outcome of police enquiries.
Merseyside Police were called to initially facilitate a peaceful protest outside the hotel, however the police said that a number of people had turned up with "intent on using a planned protest to carry out violent and despicable behaviour".
Users on social media posted terrifying images on social media calling it a "full on riot" and a "warzone".
A police van was also set ablaze and missiles were lobbed at officers in the confrontation, but no further injuries were recorded, reports the BBC.
Pictures taken by Liverpool Echo outside the hotel after the clash showed abandoned riot gear strewn across an area of woodland.
A large patch of ground close to the hotel's perimeter was fire-scorched where the police Matrix van was set on fire.
A spokesperson for the force yesterday said police were continuing to gather CCTV, drone footage and other evidence to identify those involved.
The spokesperson added: "Once again, we would remind people to pass this information directly to police as social media speculation and comment can jeopardise live investigations."
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