Three charged after Brighton March for England

March for England in Brighton
Image caption Police dealt with incidents of disorder around the city centre

Three people have been charged following the annual March for England in Brighton, during which 27 people were arrested.

About 200 people took part in Sunday's nationalist march and between 400 and 500 counter-protesters opposed the event, according to Sussex Police.

Two men and a woman have been charged and 17 people have been bailed.

Three more have been released without charge and four have been cautioned or given fixed penalties.

Police said a 39-year-old man from Halifax, West Yorkshire, was charged with using threatening behaviour and a 22-year-old man of no fixed address was charged with assaulting a police officer.

A 24-year-old woman from Southampton was charged with failing to remove an item from her face.

They will appear before Brighton magistrates in May and June.

Supt Steve Whitton said the event passed "relatively peacefully" but officers dealt with small incidents of disorder around the city centre.

There were a few minor injuries, and one person who was arrested was treated in hospital.

Two police officers were assaulted as people blocked the road to the station along Queen's Road and Surrey Street.

'Nasty incident'

Police have appealed for witnesses to a fight in the North Laine area shortly after 14:00 BST, believed to have been connected to the march and counter-protest.

Two groups were involved in the fight at the junction of North Street and Gardner Street.

"Our attention is now focused on this particularly nasty incident," said Det Ch Insp Carwyn Hughes.

"We already know that video footage of the incident was taken by someone in The Dorset pub and would appeal to this person to come forward to the police, as we would to anyone else who witnessed it."

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