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Demonstrations from the English Defence League and Trade Union Congress have drawn to a close in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
Protesters from the two opposing groups have been marching through the town centre this afternoon.
Local newspaper reporter Martin Dunne reports that the English Defence League are planning to return to Stevenage in six weeks.
The far-right group are marching through the Hertfordshire town this afternoon.
A march by the English Defence League is underway in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
It's been reported around 500 supporters of the far-right group have gathered for the rally in the town centre.
Martin Dunne from the town's local newspaper, The Comet, has described some of the banners which have messages such as "R.I.P. Lee Rigby" and "No More Mosques". He says the group have been chanting "I'm England 'til I die, England 'til I die."
A counter-protest by the Trade Union Congress is also underway. It's been reported at least 200 people have turned up and are chanting "EDL go to hell" and "EDL stand aside, we're all pink on the inside".
Mounted police officers from Thames Valley Police have been drafted in to assist with policing in Stevenage in Hertfordshire.
The English Defence League and Trade Union Congress are staging demonstrations in the town this afternoon.
A planned march by the English Defence League means there will be restricted access at Stevenage railway station this afternoon.
The entrance and exit routes will be restricted as the march passes through this area of the town.
Hertfordshire Police say demonstrations by the English Defence League and Trade Union Congress will cause some disruption on roads in Stevenage this afternoon.
A rolling road block will be in place during the marches, affecting the following roads:
- High Street, Stevenage Old Town
- Gates Way
- Lytton Way
- St George's Way
Bus routes using these roads will also be disrupted for a short period.
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Hertfordshire Police and Stevenage Borough Council are working closely to ensure a peaceful demonstration