A supporter of the English Defence League has admitted throwing a firecracker into a crowd of anti-Jubilee protesters after he was caught on camera by Sky Tyne and Wear.
Our undercover cameras captured Anthony Crawford, 22, lighting a firecracker before throwing it into a group of demonstrators at Grey’s Monument in Newcastle on June 4, 2012.
Following our story, Crawford was arrested and charged with common assault and a public order offence.
Crawford, of Elmway, Chester-le-Street, pleaded guilty to the offences at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, June 28.
The incident took place during a clash at Grey's Monument between more than 100 English Defence League and National Front members and anti-Jubliee protestors.
Footage captured by our reporters shows firecrackers and missiles thrown into the crowd, fights, and EDL members making apparent Nazi salutes.
The court heard how an 18-year-old man was taken to Newcastle Freeman Hospital for treatment to burns suffered when the explosive hit his face and landed in his hood.
He was with friends at a "Stuff The Jubilee Party" which was organised on Facebook and due to start at midday.
Members of the EDL carrying banners arrived shortly beforehand.
A line of around 25 officers separated the two groups.
A 45-year-old-man from South Tyneside was also arrested on suspicion of affray and was bailed pending further enquiries.
Crawford will be sentenced on July 4.
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