Homeless group director charged with assault

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The project director of the Help the Homeless group East Lancashire has been arrested as part of a protest against austerity cuts.

Wesley Hall (32) of Castle Street, Nelson, was arrested and charged with Section 39 assault following a demonstration in Albert Square, outside Manchester Town Hall.

He will appear before Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on May 14th.

The town hall was granted an injunction to move a group of anti-cuts protesters who had been camped out in Albert Square for five days.

A demonstration the previous Wednesday saw some protesters storm the building resulting in a broken window and allegations of an assault on a security guard.

Staff were kept inside the town hall for around two hours while police made the building safe.