Coaches carrying anti-fascist demonstrators were vandalised after clashes at a service station, with reports of smashed windows and Nazi graffiti, as protestors travelled to oppose a far right march in Dover.
A number of vehicles were damaged in the incident at a service station in Maidstone and a man was arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.
M20 update: Scene of violence at J8 Maidstone services which are now closed. Anti-migrant protestors involved. pic.twitter.com/Tap48Gpyjc— Kent 999s (@Kent_999s) January 30, 2016
Dozens of riot police called to Maidstone services following an incident between protesters pic.twitter.com/pQ7gZaNnkK— Ian Palmer (@pinkygooner) January 30, 2016
A police spokesman said: “Kent Police was called at 10.51am to a report of a disturbance at the Junction 8 services on the M20.
“A number of coaches have been damaged in the incident and officers are currently at the scene carrying out enquiries. Another coach that left the scene has been stopped by officers at the Junction 11 services and enquiries are also ongoing there.
“One man (at J8) has been arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.
The coaches were reported to be carrying anti-fascist protestors to a rally in Dover, where witnesses at the scene said tensions were beginning to spill over.
The scene in Dover pic.twitter.com/aZyaKA1mxD— HOPE not hate (@hopenothate) January 30, 2016
Antifascists refusing to move. Fascists fighting with the police and throwing bricks and bottles into police lines. Police refusing to move— HOPE not hate (@hopenothate) January 30, 2016
The demonstration saw far-right protestors march from the town’s Dover Priory station in protest over migration, the Guardian reported.