Frank Fernie has been released!
During the 26th March demonstration in London, York student Frank Fernie got caught up in the police violence around Fortnum and Mason on Oxford Street. Having been kettled, harassed and assaulted by police, Frank retaliated by throwing two pieces of balsa wood at a police line, neither of which hit anyone or damaged anything.
His photograph was later posted online by the Metropolitan police and republished in the media, calling for his arrest.
In July, Frank was jailed for twelve months for violent disorder, in a sentence that even the judge at the time stated was intended to send a message and act as a deterrent.
Yesterday, after over three months in jail, Frank was released, and is now back home in York.
The story is not however over. While he has been released, Frank is still subject to an electronic tag, as well as a 7pm-7am curfew. The local paper, meanwhile, has chosen to run the story with the delightful headline of “London rioter Frank Fernie freed from prison”, while local councillor Ian Gillies expressed his “full support” for Frank’s sentence.
Nonetheless, we are ecstatic to have Frank back in York and send our bestwishes to both him and his family. Solidarity!