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Rival protest marches pass off peacefully

Two protests in Peterborough passed off peacefully without major disruption to the city. The English Defence League (EDL) demonstrated while Peterborough Trades Union Council held a counter protest.

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Road closures and extra police for Peterborough protests

Members of the English Defence League march through Peterborough in 2010 Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cambridgeshire police will be supported by colleagues from 11 forces from across the country as two protests take place in Peterborough today.

There will be specialist public order officers, dog units, horses and a helicopter deployed for the protests by the English Defence League (EDL) and the Peterborough Trades Union Council (PTUC).

There will also be extra community patrols throughout the city to provide reassurance to local people and deal with any incidents.

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.

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