Row over EDL march in Sheffield

It is claimed that it could cost more than £750,000 to police an EDL rally in Sheffield. Around 1,200 officers are being drafted in. The South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner wants the government to foot the bill.

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The cost of keeping the peace

Members of the EDL at a march in Leeds June 2013 Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire

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.

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Planned road closures during EDL rally

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.

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