Hundreds of extra police officers are on duty in Sheffield today to deal with a planned rally by members of the English Defence League.
Members are due to gather in Sheffield Lane Top.
– Supt Colin McFarlane, South Yorkshire Police
As well as policing the rally, we will have additional officers on duty to carry out normal policing duties in the city, and a conservative estimate is that the policing operation on the day will cost at least £600,000 if not more. We would far sooner spend this money on local policing priorities but we have no choice.
The irony is that the disused pub - the Pheasant - is not being turned into a mosque at all. In fact, planning permission has been granted to turn it into a fast food outlet.
A protest by members of the English Defence League will take place in Sheffield later.
It was originally planned in response to plans to turn a pub into a mosque, which has subsequently been dropped.
However, the group says the protest will go ahead as they believe there are still plans for a new mosque in the Firth Park area, which they oppose. It is understood several hundred people will take part. Anti-fascist protesters are also planning to be there.