David Hirst reports on the row over the cost of the EDL march in Sheffield. He talks to Shaun Wright the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, former Home Secretary David Blunkett and Supt Colin McFarlane from South Yorkshire police.
The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner says it is outrageous taxpayers should have to pay for a demonstration in Sheffield on September 21. In the past year there have been 10 EDL rallies across the region, so far the bill has been around £2.5 million to keep the peace.
A number of roads will be closed in Sheffield on Saturday, during the planned rally by members of the English Defence League.
EDL members are expected to gather in Sheffield Lane Top. While the rally is taking place, police plan to close Buchanan Road and Elm Lane between 1pm and 4pm, along with Hatfield House Lane, from its junction with Barnsley Road and Shiregreen Lane.
The traffic order also applies to Stubbins Lane, Barnsley Road and Deerlands Avenue. However, police aim to keep disruption to residents, motorists and businesses to a minimum and will only close these roads if required.