Injured student to face charges over disorder

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The Independent Online

A student who required brain surgery after he was allegedly hit by a truncheon during last December's tuition fee protest in London, is to face a charge of violent disorder.

Alfie Meadows, 20, is among 11 males aged between 15 and 25 charged in connection with violence at the demo that saw more than 50 people injured, including a police officer. It brings the total number of people charged to 13.

Mr Meadows is said to have fallen unconscious on the way to hospital after being struck as he tried to leave an area outside Westminster Abbey during the protests. The incident has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Three males aged 15, 16 and 17 were charged with violent disorder and will appear at west London youth court on 24 May, while the eight older individuals will appear at City of Westminster magistrates' court on 9 June.