BRISTOL PROTEST: Furious demonstrations hit city centre over man who stuck bacon to mosque

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Kevin Crehan, 34, was jailed for 12 months for the malefaction after the stunt at the Jamia Mosque in Bristol on January 17.

Friends of Crehan acquire labelled him a “loyal patriot” insisting his sentence was “outrageous”.

Around 100 fans of Crehan, also known as Bunny, gathered outside Bristol King Court.

Police dogs and officers on horses worked to keep the claque controlled as they shouted and leered at a country protest.

Counter ‘anti-fascist’ protesters alleged to have “pushed back” the group while police have bid to separate the groups.

Dozens belonging to the opposing group were due to undergo further away in Castle Park but moved closer to the far-right grouse.

Tensions are running high between the two groups, exacerbated by the presence of the English Explanation League (EDL).

The counter demo claims to be “100-strong”.

But those assembling for Crehan were not prevented. 

“This Demo (is) aimed at highlighting the outrageous sentence handed to a true patriot and family man, said a Facebook message on the page Demonstration for Kevin “Bunny” Crehan.”

One pub debar its doors over fears of violence while shop owners divulged they feared the situation would “kick off”.

A witness said the cops had “kettled” a number of the far-right protesters on Small Street and were baulking them from leaving for their safety.

Avon and Somerset Monitor issued a warning to the two groups on its social media accounts, banning protesters from achieving certain items to the events.

Banned items include face coverings involving masks and scarves, placards that might incite disorder or hatred, and anything that could be employed to cause injury or damage.

A spokesman for Avon and Somerset Constabulary thought there had been no arrests.

He said: “Our main priorities are the safety of the disreputable and the facilitation of peaceful protests. 

“A well-rehearsed policing plan is in place to complete this.

“We want to keep disruption to the public to a minimum and have been proactively open with the protesters, local businesses and the wider community prior to today’s occurrences.

“Public safety is our top priority and officers will robustly deal with anyone who encounters in significant anti-social behaviour or disorder.”

Crehan was jailed for being have the quality of of a group that tied bacon to the door handles of the mosque

He, along with others, had let in racially aggravated public order offences in relation to the incident.

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