Police strategy hailed as Lincoln demos pass-off peacefully

A demonstration by the far-right group the East Anglian Patriots was held in the centre of Lincoln on saturday. A counter demonstration by Lincoln Against Racism and Fascism was held in the Cornhill area.

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Lincoln protests pass off peacefully

Two protests held in Lincoln today have passed off peacefully. Around 200 members of far right group East Anglian Patriots held a rally in Lincoln city centre over a proposed plan for a mosque. Meanwhile Lincoln Against Racism and Fascism held a counter demonstration in the Cornhill area.

Anti-mosque campaigners demonstrate through city

Far right group East Anglian Patriots demonstrate in Lincoln city centre Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Protestors against a new mosque speak out in the city centre Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Far right group East Anglian Patriots have been holding a rally in Lincoln city centre against a new mosque. The group are objecting to plans to build a mosque on Boultham Park Road.

Meanwhile anti-fascist group Lincoln Against Racism and Fascism held a counter-demonstration in the Cornhill area of the city.

Anti-fascist protestors gather in Lincoln for counter-demo

Supporters of Lincoln Against Racism and Fascism hold a demo in the city Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Lincoln Against Racism and Fascism members gathered in the city centre today to hold a counter demonstration against East Anglian Patriots. The far right group are holding a march against a new mosque on Boutlham Park Road this afternoon.

Police at the scene of the demonstrations in Lincoln city centre Credit: ITV Yorkshire

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Police on alert for Lincoln demonstrations

A demonstration by the far-right group the East Anglian Patriots is being held in the centre of Lincoln today.

The march against a new mosque on Boultham Park Road will arrive in City Square at approximately 12:45pm. There will be a police presence to make sure it passes peacefully.

A counter demonstration by Lincoln Against Racism and Fascism will be held in the Cornhill area.

People have the right to peaceful protest and Lincolnshire Police and its partners do not have the power to prevent these events taking place. It is our role to facilitate such protests and to ensure public safety while they take place.

We have been engaging with the protest organisers to establish their intentions and our resources have been planned accordingly.

Anyone suspected of committing a criminal offence on the day should expect to be arrested and be put before the courts.

Police are specifically warning members of “football risk groups” wishing to attend this protest to engage in violence and public disorder to stay away. There will be a significant police presence on the streets of the city and identified football risk group members will be monitored closely. Positive police action will be taken against any such individuals.

– Temporary Superintendent Phil Vickers, Lincolnshire Police