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EDL boot boy who was handy with a blade

Issue No. 2342

Who can the people of Manchester expect to see on their streets when the racist English Defence League (EDL) tries to march there this Saturday?

Will it be people like Marcus Ward?

He was jailed for 11 years last week over a violent attack in a north Manchester pub three years ago.

Ward and his mates turned up with EDL flags and clothing after their racist march in nearby Bolton.

The landlord asked them to leave—and was punched and kicked in the face.

When two members of the public came to his aid Ward attacked them with a razor.

One got a 15cm gash in the back of his head, and a cut lip. The other needed surgery for wounds to his back.

Police now say Ward was “pursued relentlessly”.

But he wasn’t arrested until two and a half years later—when he handed himself in.

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The Troublemaker
Tue 26 Feb 2013, 16:52 GMT
Issue No. 2342
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