Protester Alfie Meadow’s trial put on hold

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A student protester who nearly died after allegedly being struck in the head by a police truncheon at a student demonstration has had his trial rescheduled for a second time.

Ida Aagenæs

Alfie Meadows denies the charges of violent disorder brought against him in December 2010 when thousands of students protested against the rise in tuition fees and cuts in higher education.

A statement from Mr Meadow’s lawyers read: “The jury in the re-trial of Alfie Meadows at Woolwich Crown Court was discharged today. His Honour Judge Moore made the decision after a number of illness-related delays in proceedings.”

Mr Meadows, who has been on trial at both Kingston and Woolwich Crown Court, complained to the IPPC over police brutality after the demo but his case was put on hold as the police brought charges against him instead. He will not be able to resume his case against the police if he is found guilty.

He has been met with support by the public with the campaign ‘We are all Alfie Meadows’.

Together with fellow protester Zac King he will face retrial in February.

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