Hull man convicted of London protest march disorder

A man who took part in a series of disturbances after a protest march has been found guilty of violent disorder.

Joseph Binney, 22, was convicted by a jury at Kingston upon Thames Crown Court in south-west London.

The court heard he was involved in attacks on police vehicles, banks and a car showroom following the Trades Union Congress protest in London in March.

Binney, of The Roundway, Hull, will be sentenced next month. A judge told him he faced a jail term.

The court heard Binney's palm print was discovered on the inner door of a Santander bank branch in Piccadilly after it came under attack from a mob.

Binney, who was not a union member and was unemployed, had travelled from Hull to London on a coach to take part in the protest on 26 March.

Graffiti vandal

He told the court he attended the main march for about three hours before heading to the Piccadilly Circus area after being told that another march was taking place.

He insisted he did not take part in the disorder and had tried to leave the area twice but had been unable to do so because of police action.

Asked about how his palm print had come to be found in the bank, he said he had gone to take a look at the damage after the mob had dispersed out of a "mixture of stupidity and nosiness".

Following the guilty verdict, the court heard Binney was a graffiti vandal who was due to be sentenced at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday after admitting causing £20,000 of criminal damage on eight occasions on the railways.

Judge Paul Dodgson said it was up to Leeds Crown Court whether that sentencing should take place on Thursday or on 25 November at the London court.

Remanding Binney in custody, the judge said: "You have been convicted of a very serious offence. Custody is inevitable in this case."

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