Friday, 17 June, 2005 BBC
Six protesters have been charged after a second night of trouble at the summit meeting of G8 home affairs and justice ministers in Sheffield.
Four men and two women, all from Sheffield, were arrested in the city centre on Thursday night and were due before magistrates on Friday.
A 16-year-old girl from Southport, Merseyside, was given a verbal caution.
The protesters had been involved in what police described as "minor disorder" in Westfield Terrace.
They were arrested for public disorder offences, being drunk and disorderly and obstructing police officers.
About 100 people from various groups had gathered earlier on Thursday at Cathedral Square - the agreed site for a demonstration outside the venue where ministers were meeting.
One protestor said officers had praised those who gathered for their peaceful approach to the demonstration.
But about 50 people, including children, were later penned into nearby Westfield Terrace for about two hours.
Protesters who say they found themselves trapped by riot police criticised the approach.
Earlier on Thursday three people appeared before Sheffield magistrates charged with public order offences following scuffles with police on Wednesday.
Justice ministers from the world's most powerful countries will discuss Africa and counter terrorism during their last day of talks in the city on Friday.
South Yorkshire Police have mounted one of their biggest security operations for the three-day summit.
Tempers flare outside gathering of ministers
SEVEN people were arrested in Sheffield last night after anti-G8 protestors staged an unplanned demonstration in the city centre.
Police penned about 50 people, including children, into Westfield Terrace for about two hours before making the arrests. Police described the offences of having stemmed from "minor disorder" and drunkenness.
Six of the seven people were charged with various offences and were due appear at Sheffield Magistrates today.
[All] were charged with a public order offences.
Nicholas Kelly of Leighton Drive, Gleadless, and Brendan Kilgennon, 43, of Cambridge Court, Sheffield city centre, were charged with being drunk and disorderly.
Another woman who refused to give her details to police is also expected to appear in front of magistrates.
A 16-year-old girl from Southport who was also arrested has been given a verbal caution.
A police spokesman said an earlier planned protest in the city centre on Thursday night had been peaceful.
About 100 people from various groups had gathered at Cathedral Square, the agreed site for a demonstration outside the Cutlers Hall where ministers were meeting.
Protesters who were not allowed inside the security cordon at the Cutlers Hall assembled on the green and ate a bowl of rice provided by the Make Poverty History campaign group.
Officers today said the second day of the G8 summit had run smoothly.
A spokesman said: "South Yorkshire Police mounted a successful policing operation in Sheffield City Centre enabling peaceful protest as G8 Home Affairs and Justice Ministers arrived."
17 June 2005
Six Charged over G8 Protests
Fri 17 Jun 2005 (PA News in The Scotsman)
By Nick Foley
Six protesters were charged today after a second night of trouble at the summit meeting of G8 home affairs and justice ministers.
South Yorkshire Police said four men, two women and a 16-year-old girl were arrested in Sheffield city centre last night during a minor disturbance.
Around 100 protesters had gathered at an agreed site in the city, where they staged a “peaceful and law-abiding” demonstration.
No arrests were made as the crowd gathered near to Cutlers’ Hall, where ministers were meeting.
But trouble flared shortly after the protest had ended, a force spokeswoman said.
Seven people were arrested for a range of offences, which included public disorder, being drunk and disorderly and obstructing a police officer.
A 16-year-old girl, from Southport, Lancashire, was given a verbal caution for a public order offence.
Six people, aged between 20 and 43, were charged by detectives and are due to appear at the city’s magistrates court later today. They are all from the Sheffield area.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Seven people were arrested last night during minor disorder as protesters gathered at Westfield Terrace in Sheffield city centre last night.
“Six people have been charged with offences, including public disorder, drunk and disorderly and obstructing a police officer, and are due to appear today at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court.”
Three people were charged with public order offences after protesters clashed with police on Wednesday night.
A female police officer suffered a broken bone during the scuffle.
A huge police operation swung into action for the three-day summit as the delegates from the world’s richest nations gathered in Sheffield to discuss issues such as organised crime, attacking corruption in Africa, and counter-terrorism measures.