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EDL march: far-right group returning in 6 weeks

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.

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EDL march: demonstrations gets underway

EDL march gets underway Credit: Martin Dunne, The Comet - @MartinDunneIt

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.

A mounted police officer ahead of the group of protesters Credit: Martin Dunne, The Comet - @MartinDunneIt

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".

It's reported around 500 supporters of the far-right group have gathered in the town Credit: Martin Dunne, The Comet - @MartinDunneIt

EDL march: Heavy police presence in Stevenage this afternoon

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.

EDL march: Road closures in Stevenage

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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Extra officers drafted in to police EDL march in Stevenage

Police officers working at the EDL march in Peterborough in 2010 Credit: PA Images

Police in Hertfordshire say they have drafted in extra officers to help them deal with a planned English Defence League demonstration.

Parts of Stevenage town centre will be closed during the march on Saturday and drivers are being advised to find alternative routes.

A counter protest from the Trade Union Congress is also planned. Similar demos which took place in Peterborough in March passed off peacefully.

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