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Police continue Dover violent protest probe one year on

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Image caption Right-wing demonstrators clashed with anti-fascist protesters

Police are still seeking to make further arrests one year on from a march that led to violence on the streets of Dover.

Masked anti-immigration vigilantes clashed with anti-racism campaigners on 30 January, 2016

Forty-five people have been sentenced to a total of 63 years for crimes including violent disorder, assault and possession of an offensive weapon.

A further 17 people are still due to appear in court,

Chief Constable Alan Pughsley said: "Officers and staff have left no stone unturned in identifying those responsible for bringing such violence to Dover."

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Image caption Dover streets were overrun with masked protestors

Bricks were thrown and police seized more than 20 weapons, including a knuckle duster, on a day of violence.

Specially-trained public order officers, police dogs and patrols from other forces were drafted in to dispel the chaos.

The highest custodial sentence was seven years for a man who admitted causing grievous bodily harm to a photographer by attacking him with a flagpole.

Image caption Large numbers of police were called in to calm the situation.

Mr Pughsley said: "We have a legal obligation to facilitate peaceful protest, but we will not tolerate disorder.

"It was the people of the town who suffered most, as they should have been able to go about their usual business."

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