Two men found guilty of causing harassment and alarm to anti-war protesters at homecoming parade


Two men have today been found guilty of public order offences at Luton Magistrates' Court following their behaviour towards anti-war protesters.

The anti-war protesters were demonstrating at the homecoming parade of the 2nd Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment in Luton on 10 March 2010.

Kevin Carroll and Bryan Kelso, were convicted of using threatening, abusive or insulting words that were likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress to the public.

CPS Thames and Chiltern Complex Casework lawyer Paul Harrison said, "We were careful to analyse the behaviour of all those members of the public captured on the CCTV footage of the homecoming parade.  In the case of the two defendants, the footage clearly showed them acting in a disorderly manner and making verbal remarks towards some of the anti-war protesters, which we believed to be threatening, abusive and insulting words that were likely to cause alarm and distress."

The men will be sentenced in March.