Six far-right sympathisers who ambushed attendees of an anti-fascist
benefit gig in front of shocked city centre onlookers have today,
Thursday 26 September 2013, been jailed.
Michael Kearns (b 26/03/1972), of Dovecot Avenue, Liverpool, Liam
Pinkham (b 06/04/1988), of Victoria Road, Wallasey, Merseyside, Shane
Calvert (b 29/09/1981) of Shetland Close, Blackburn, Nathan Smith (b
29/11/1991), of Kingsway, Huyton, Liverpool, Peter Hawley (b
10/03/1960), of Ailsa Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, Matthew Coates, of
New Lane Pace, Southport (b 25.07.1991) and Steven Dumont, born
14/08/1995, of Rosewood Close, Liverpool all pleaded guilty to violent
disorder at an earlier hearing.
Kearns was sentenced to 14 months imprisonment, Pinkham was jailed for
17 months, Coates was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment and Calvert
received a 14 month jail term.
Hawley was jailed for 13 months and Dumont was jailed, for five months
imprisonment for violent disorder and four months for a public order
offence, to run consecutively.
Early in the evening of 6 July 2012, the victims of the attack, were
walking along Bold Street, Liverpool, when they were set upon without
warning. The victims were in Liverpool for an anti-fascist benefit
event taking place at a nearby venue.
A group of nine men, now known to include the seven defendants, rushed
towards them, throwing punches and kicks.
The violence then spilled from the street into the nearby Tabac café
where the melee continued among shocked diners.
The group left their victims battered and bruised and ran off. Some of
them covered up the lower half of their faces as they ran, in a bid to
hide their identity.
A number of witnesses later told officers there were two distinct
group involved in the fighting – one clearly doing the attacking and
the other being attacked.
A Merseyside police inspector was on duty that evening and, at about
7.15pm, he saw between eight and 10 men running from the scene.
He recognised the 17-year-old and relayed information to the police
control room. He carried on chasing the offenders and, as they vaulted
a fence near the Osca Bar, he arrested Coates. Calvert and Pinkham
were also detained in Liverpool City centre shortly after the attack
had taken place.
Peter Hawley, Nathan Smith and Michael Kearns were later identified
and arrested following a review of CCTV that had been recovered from
Detective Constable Mike Russell, of the North West Counter Terrorism
Unit, said: “Not only did these men descend on the victims, but they
carried out the attack in front of members of the public.
“They knew that there was a Unite Against Fascism benefit event taking
place in the city centre that night and they specifically targeted
their victims following various disputes between the two opposing
“As a result of the investigation, the men have been convicted of
If members of the community have any information or concerns regarding
domestic extremism, please contact the Confidential Anti-Terrorist
Hotline on 0800 789 321