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MP speaks out over £1m policing costs for Rotherham rallies

South Yorkshire Police revealed today that the cost of policing protest rallies in the town is expected to rise above a million pounds. Seven people were arrested as 1,000 members of the EDL marched in response to the town's child abuse scandal. Rotherham MP Sarah Champion says policing such events should be nationally funded.

Policing Rotherham rallies cost over £1m

The cost of policing protest rallies in Rotherham at the weekend was in excess of £1m, South Yorkshire Police have revealed.

Seven people were charged after a thousand members of the English Defence League demonstrated in response to the town's child abuse scandal. A counter demonstration also took place. Around 15 hundred officers were needed to police the march.

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Seven charged after Rotherham protests

Seven people have been charged following protests in Rotherham town centre yesterday.

There were clashes when around 1,000 people from various groups, including the English Defence League, marched through the town.

12 people were arrested. Seven of them have been charged for a variety of offences including criminal damage, assaulting a police officer, and racially-aggravated public order.

Three men who were arrested in Wickersley before the protests on suspicion of going equipped to commit crime have been released on bail. One other Middlesborough man has been bailed for assault.

Around 1,500 police officers were drafted in to police the event and to ensure the safety of local residents and those taking part in the protests.

Arrest as Rotherham mosque attacked

A glass door has been smashed at a Rotherham mosque during a day of protests in the wake of the child sex exploitation scandal.

South Yorkshire Police say 10 people have been arrested during the day, including a 20-year-old man from Mexborough who has been questioned on suspicion of damage to a mosque.

An 18-year-old man from Rotherham has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting an officer. A 34-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman from Rotherham were arrested on suspicion of causing racially and religiously aggravated fear, alarm and distress.

Three men from Newark, Cambridge and Nottingham were arrested from a vehicle in the Wickersley area on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon. A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of threatening behaviour. A 25-year-old man from Wigan has been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence. And a 40-year-old man from Middlesborough has been arrested on suspicion of assault.

Police say two 26-year-old men received injuries believed to be minor and were taken to hospital. Senior officers say around 1,000 people from various groups walked through the town. They say there were "sporadic outbreaks of disorder."

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Four arrests during protests in Rotherham

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