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EDL march and counter protest in Peterborough

EDL march through Peterborough in 2010 Photo: PA Images

Police are preparing for the EDL (English Defence League) protest and a counter protest by the Peterborough Trades Union Council (PTUC) tomorrow (29 March) in Peterborough. Some road closures will be in place during the day.

The English Defence League (EDL) march will start at around 2pm in London Road and proceed over Town Bridge, past Bridge Street Police Station and then congregate on Lower Bridge Street at Peterborough Magistrates' Court.

Temporary road closures will be applied for on London Road and Town Bridge while the protest takes place.

The counter protest by the Peterborough Trades Union Council (PTUC) will start about 12.30pm at Bishops Road car park and proceed along Rivergate, and congregate at the Key Theatre car park.

Temporary road closures will be applied for on Rivergate, Bishops Road and some immediate surrounding streets while the protest takes place.

Demonstrators opposing EDL march through Peterborough in 2010 Credit: PA Images

"These are very similar routes to those used by the EDL and opposition in 2010 when the protests passed off largely peacefully.

"These routes will balance the concerns of local people and businesses in Peterborough, while responding to the wishes of the EDL and PTUC.

"It provides central locations for both protests while allowing the majority of businesses in the city to continue as usual.

"We understand that for businesses in the Rivergate area there will be an impact during the protest and we are working with those business owners, alongside the council, to minimise this and look at alternative ways of drawing in business over the weekend.

"At this stage we cannot confirm numbers likely to attend. As and when we have further information we will share this with the public through our various established links with the community.

"As public authorities, the Constabulary and Peterborough City Council have a duty to support and facilitate people's right to peaceful protest. Key to that process is ensuring we deal with any concerns people may have."

– Peterborough district commander Supt Tony Ixer

"Peterborough has strong and united communities, which we are proud of.

"Our aim is to make sure this demonstration causes the minimum disruption possible to Peterborough.

"We are working closely with the police so that it can be business as usual before, during and after the protest.

"The city centre will be open and I encourage people to visit as they would on any other Saturday."

– Peterborough City Council Chief Executive Gillian Beasley

Members of the public with questions can email the group at cmg@cambs.pnn.police.uk to receive feedback and further information.

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