UK charity worker acquitted over Calais police scuffle

22 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

BOULOGNE-SUR-MER: A French court has acquitted a British charity worker accused of insulting and assaulting a policeman while helping migrants in northern France, his lawyers said Friday, in a ruling welcomed by activists, reports AFP.

Tom Ciotkowski, a council worker from Stratford upon Avon, could have faced up to five years in jail over the incident which took place in July 2018.

His lawyers hailed Thursday’s verdict from the court in Boulogne-sur-Mer as “thwarting an attempt to criminalise a caregiver”.

According to France’s CRS riot police, they were trying to remove migrants from an area near the ring road around the northern city of Calais when a group of “outspoken” British volunteers turned up.