A man has been charged with common assault after disorder broke out at two hotels in Coventry as Britain First carried out protests against asylum seekers being sheltered by the government.

Police were called to Coventry Hill Hotel in the Allesley area of the city on Saturday afternoon (August 29).

West Midlands Police told The Guardian that a man who works at the hotel had been assaulted as he encountered a group of people who were not staying there.

Two men were later arrested outside the Royal Court Hotel in Keresley, which has been at the centre of controversy in the city after the city council blocked a move by Home Office contractors to house asylum seekers there.

Pictures were shared by right-wing group Britain First on Facebook showing protesters outside the Royal Court Hotel with a banner reading: “Britain First. Close down migrant hotels.”

The arrested men were taken into police custody, while officers escorted the rest of their group back to their minibus, according to the Guardian.

Now police have revealed one has been charged while the other has been released with no charge.

A spokesman for West Midlands Police said: “A 30-year-old man has been charged following an assault at a Coventry Hotel yesterday (29 August).

“James White, of St Michaels Crescent, Southam, is charged with common assault and has been bailed to appear at Coventry Magistrates court on 22 October.

“A 23-year-old man who was also arrested has been released without a charge.”

In recent days Britain First has entered multiple hotels across the country which are being used by Home Office to accommodate asylum seekers during the pandemic.

Both the Royal Court Hotel and Coventry Hill Hotel are part of the Britannia hotel group.

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