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Stourbridge teen arrested as student protests continue
10:30am Thursday 25th November 2010 in Black Country News
AS nationwide protests against education cuts continue a Stourbridge student has been arrested in the wake of London riots.
The 17-year-old male was questioned by officers from the Metropolitan Police after violence erupted during a protest march by an estimated 50,000 students on Wednesday November 10.
The youth was detained on suspicion of violent disorder after he reported to Stourbridge police station on Saturday November 20.
The arrest is part of an investigation by London cops codenamed Operation Malone to track down rioters who stormed Conservative Party headquarters at Millbank Tower and threw a fire extinguisher from the roof.
More than 60 people have been arrested in connection with the enquiry, police have also issued CCTV images of 13 people they wished to speak to in connection with the incident.
A Metropolitan Police spokesperson refused to confirm if the Stourbridge suspect was one of the men pictured.
The spokesman said the arrested youth remains on police bail and has been ordered to report to police again in March.
King Edward VI College in Stourbridge confirmed a student has been suspended while an investigation is carried out following allegations of involvement in the protests in London.
An investigation is also under way into allegations a tutor forwarded an email encouraging students to take part in the demonstration despite the action resulting in unauthorized absence.
The college is remaining tight-lipped about how long the investigations will take, King Edward’s principal, Sharon Phillips said: “I don’t want to go into any more detail about an internal disciplinary matter.”
Eight people were injured during the incident at Millbank Tower, further demonstrations against plans to hike annual university tuition fees to £9,000 continued yesterday (Wednesday).
Large scale demonstrations were taking place in major cities including London and Birmingham.