Clashes cost the tax payer over £250,000
Violent clashes in Dover t hat saw weapons seized, bloodied faces and broken bones have cost the tax payer more than £250,000.
Police and crime commissioner Ann Barnes released the figures on Tuesday and said a review would be held.
More than 400 officers tried to keep demonstrators apart over five hours, but some hurled rocks, threw punches and chanted abuse.
Both sides of the conflict had their vigilantes. The anti-fascists threw objects at the South East Alliance and National Front supporters.
Trade was down and some shops had to close where the clashes peaked in Biggin Street and Market Square.
Those who did venture into town, looked on in shock at the chaotic and frightening scenes.
Dover MP Charlie Elphicke has vowed he “won’t let this go” and he lambasted police chiefs for allowing two opposing protests within hours of each other.
One frightened woman warned police someone would be killed if it was allowed to continue.
Another resident, pushing through the cordoned off Folkestone Road, called out to the visiting protesters: “I’ve lived in Dover all my life and I’ve never seen any- thing like this. Go back home. We don’t want you here.”
But the scenes only got worse, with strangers to the town inflicting more damage and bloodshed.
Mr Elphicke said: “It was wrong for elderly people out doing their shopping to be left in fear. It was wrong for families to have to hide in shops while a baying mob roamed the streets outside. It was wrong that businesses, the port and our local economy were disrupted.
“The first call of the police should have been to keep the people of Dover safe and secure. They had the powers to do so. They did not use them. That was wrong.”
Officers seized 20 weapons, and 17 arrests were made – seven amid the worst scenes in the town centre and 10 at motorway services near Maidstone in the morning. CCTV continues to be reviewed.
Mrs Barnes defended the way the force dealt with the disturbances but warned the county was likely to see similar marches and demonstrations in the runup to the referendum on the EU.
She added that the policing costs were significant and she did not expect “to get much change out of £250,000”.