EDL protest in Bradford

The English Defence League has held a static demonstration in Bradford today. Police say there were 700 EDL demonstrators and 120 counter protestors. There have so far been 11 arrests for public order offences.

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Call for police chiefs to be given powers to ban " costly" EDL rallies

There are calls for the region's police chiefs to be given the power to ban EDL rallies which are regularly costing our forces six figure sums.

Saturday's demonstration in Bradford went ahead with only a handful of arrests for minor public order offences. But police put that down to a massive one million pound operation.

Now the Police and Crime Commissioner wants chief constables to be able to ban such events to cut the rising cost of policing them. Sally Simpson reports.

Calls for new powers to ban demonstrations

There are calls for chief constables to be given the power to ban demonstrations after the cost of policing an EDL rally in Bradford at the weekend was put at one million pounds.

A huge police presence ensured Saturday's event passed off largely peacefully. At present, only the Home Secretary can prevent such gatherings. But the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson says it is too costly to allow them to continue.


Video: EDL protest in Bradford

James Webster reports from Bradford as 700 EDL supporters take part in a static demonstration. Police say it largely passed off without any major incidents. There were 12 arrests in total.

In his report he talks to Ashiq Hussain from "We are Bradford", George Galloway Respect Party MP for Bradford West and Cllr David Green the Leader of Bradford Council.

Hundreds of EDL members at Bradford protest

EDL make their views known Credit: James Webster

Several hundred members of the EDL are now demonstrating in Bradford and chanting their slogans. Some fireworks have been set off. The crowd is massing towards a makeshift stage area playing loud music.

West Yorkshire police say it is business as usual in Bradford city centre despite the huge police operation to contain today's static demonstration.


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