Anti-cuts demonstrator Matthew Bates spared jail after being caught with smoke bombs and bangers

Anti-cuts demonstrator spared jail after being caught with smoke bombs and bangersMatthew Bates, 25, from Bristol, caught with fireworks during disturbances Admitted possessing explosive substance but 'did not intend to cause alarm'Hundreds were arrested after extremists clashed with police following rally | UPDATED: 21:02 GMT, 21 December 2012 Matthew Bates, 25, was spared jail today after admitting being caught with bags full of smoke bombs and fireworks during an anti-cuts demonstration last year An anti-cuts demonstrator caught with two bags full of 'smoke bombs and bangers' at a rally that ended with running battles between police and protestors was spared jail today.