Man denies affray and assault at mosque protest charges

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A MAN has made a second appearance in court charged with affray and assaulting a police officer during a protest outside a mosque.

Blaise Silvester, of Stubbington Avenue, North End, Portsmouth, is alleged to have been part of a group protesting outside the Jami Mosque in Victoria Road North, Southsea, on Saturday, November 13.

The group were demonstrating after a small group of Muslims burned poppies in London during the one minute’s silence on Armistice Day. As reported in The News, police officers were called after tempers flared between the protesters and those who had gathered to oppose the demonstration.

It is alleged that 20-year-old Silvester hit a police officer during the protest outside the mosque. He denies the charges and yesterday was again given unconditional bail by magistrates.

Silvester will next appear before magistrates on March 30.