Man from Chiswick charged after far-right violence in central London

Image above: Far-right mob clash with police on Armistice Day; Photograph via X (Twitter)

Chiswick man charged with assaulting an emergency worker

A man from Chiswick has been charged with assault after a mob of far-right protestors descended on the Cenotaph on Armistice Day (Saturday 11 November).

Karl Jordan, 47, of Burlington Lane, was charged with assault on an emergency worker. He has been bailed to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 30 November.

Officers made a total of 145 arrests during the pro-Palestinian demonstration and counter protest by far-right groups for offences including assault, possession of weapons, criminal damage, public order, inciting racial hatred and possession of drugs.

Videos posted on X, formerly Twitter, by anti-fascist campaigner Nick Lowles, showed scores of far-right thugs charging towards the Cenotaph. A later video showed dozens of men being questioned and searched by police, during which one man had a small plastic bag, of what appeared to be cocaine, confiscated by officers.

Later in the day, during the pro-Palestine march, a crowd estimated as between 300,000 and 800,000 people marched from Marble Arch to the US embassy calling for a ceasefire in Gaza. While the vast majority of those marching were peaceful protestors, several videos were recorded of behaviour which may constitute a hate crime, and the Met are still appealing for information to support a number of ongoing enquiries.

The charges so far follow investigations led by detectives from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command and the Public Order Crime Team.

Key events of Armistice Day 

Above: Tweet showing far-right mob storming towards the Cenotaph

Above: Far-right mob clashes with police

Above: Tweet thread showing far-right counter-protestor confronted with what appears to be drugs and an earlier video which appears to show him clashing with police earlier in the day

Above: Appeal by Met Police to identify a man in connection with a hate crime investigation

Met urge those with information to come forward 

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor, who led Saturday’s policing operation said:

“Public order policing doesn’t end when demonstrators go home. We have teams of officers who continue to build cases against those in custody and launch investigations into those who come to our attention when images and videos are shared on social media.

“Since the end of yesterday’s demonstration we’ve published appeals in relation to six incidents and I have no doubt there will be more to follow. Our colleagues at the British Transport Police have published a further two appeals.

“We urge anyone who has information about the identity of suspects, or who has footage or photos of further potential offences, to get in touch so we can take the appropriate action.”