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Three suspected student rioters who refused to give names, released


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Three men arrested at the student protest last week who refused to give police their identities, were released by judges.

Charged with refusing to reveal their names to a constable, the trio were brought before Westminster magistrates.

When asked in court to disclose their identities, they just grinned.

The men were unable to be identified because they were not carrying documentation.

Retired Met police detective Chris Hobbs said the trio were 'simply laughing at the law.'

"I have never heard of anything like this in my 32-year career, it is absolutely ridiculous," he added, warning "this will only encourage others to withhold their identities."

The men entered a plea of not guilty and the trial will be scheduled for next year. They were all released on unconditional bail.

The demonstration through London called for tuition fees to be scrapped, bringing back the maintenance grants and abolishing student debt.

The protests saw 12 people arrested after an otherwise peaceful protest descended into violence, making national headlines.

Over 2,000 officers were lining the streets to keep the peace.

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