A man has admitted in court to possessing a police-style baton during Armistice Day clashes in London. Plasterer Sam Fairclough of Buckley, Flintshire, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday.

He pleaded guilty to a charge of having possessed an offensive weapon in a public place in Craven Street, west London, on November 11. Fairclough was unconditionally bailed to next appear at the court on December 20 for sentencing.

Officers made 145 arrests during a Pro-Palestinian demonstration and counter protest by right wing groups for offences including assault, possession of weapons, criminal damage, public order, inciting racial hatred and possession of drugs.

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The Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor, who led the policing operation said at the time: “Public order policing doesn’t end when demonstrators go home. We have teams of officers who continue to build cases against those in custody and launch investigations into those who come to our attention when images and videos are shared on social media.

"We urge anyone who has information about the identity of suspects, or who has footage or photos of further potential offences, to get in touch so we can take the appropriate action.”

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