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Police: 'EDL rally passed off peacefully'

Police say an EDL demonstration in Doncaster earlier, passed off peacefully. Around a hundred and fifty members of the English Defence League staged a protest this lunchtime, which was followed by a counter demo by anti-facist campaigners. A number of residents watched on from outside their homes - many to show their objection to the march. Police say no one was arrested during the march and only two people were arrested by British Transport Police before it started, for being drunk and disorderly.

Over one hundred EDL protesters turn out for demo

Members of the far right English Defence League have staged a demonstration through Doncaster. The protest - involving around a hundred a fifty members of the EDL was followed up with a counter demo by anti-fascist campaigners.

A number of residents watched on from outside their homes - many to show their objection to the march which ended in Hexthorpe at lunchtime.

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EDL to stage demo in Doncaster

EDL supporters
EDL protestors are due to take to the streets of Doncaster

There will be a strong police presence in Doncaster this afternoon when the English Defence League hold a demonstration in the town and the group United Against Facism stage a counter protest.

South Yorkshire Police and Doncaster Council are working with other partners to minimise the impact of today's demonstration in the Hexthorpe area .

Doncaster Superintendant Peter Norman said: "South Yorkshire Police has a duty to keep people and property safe and the public can be reassured that this is our priority.

"We have no legal power to ban the proposed protest and have a duty to respect individual's rights to protest peacefully.

"Careful, detailed planning and regular communication with protest groups has taken place and together with the council, we are making every effort to minimise disruption to the local community and to the road network.

"We will have extra officers on hand to ensure the protest passes peacefully and I wish to reassure local residents and businesses that Saturday's operation will not affect normal policing in Doncaster.

"Regular face-to-face dialogue will continue with the community before, during and after the demonstrations. We continue to thank local people, particularly residents in Hexthorpe, for their cooperation and understanding."

The latest information is that EDL demonstrators will gather from 11am near Doncaster train station. Around 12.30pm, they will make their way along St Sepulchre Gate to march at 1pm into Hexthorpe on Urban Road before listening to speeches at the park near Albion Terrace.

Almost 1,000 expected at Rotherham EDL march

Around 900 people are expected to visit Rotherham town centre today (Saturday 10 May) to hold protests.

Police prepare for EDL march
Police prepare for EDL march

An estimated 700 people from the English Defence League (EDL) are expected to march through the town between 1pm and 3pm today, with around 200 further people from the United Against Fascism holding a counter protest at the same time.

Around 1,000 police officers have been drafted in to police the event and to ensure the safety of local residents and those taking part in the protests.

EDL marchers gathering in Rotherham
EDL marchers gathering in Rotherham

South Yorkshire Police Commander for Rotherham, Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin, has thanked the public and local businesses for their patience and co-operation this morning in the lead-up to the protests.

UAF will move into All Saints Square when the EDL have left. The public are advised to make themselves aware of the routes and plan any journeys accordingly.

Rotherham police prepare for EDL march

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There are more Officers than usual in #Rotherham today to accomodate the EDL & UAF demonstrations and to ensure safety for all. #SYP100514

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Thank you to the people of #Rotherham for cooperation re today's demonstrations. No reported issues with demonstrators overnight. #SYP100514

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South Yorkshire Police release EDL route map

South Yorkshire Police say they are working to limit the impact of Saturday's English Defence League (EDL) march.

EDL route through Rotherham
EDL route through Rotherham Credit: South Yorkshire Police

The demonstration is due to be held in Rotherham town centre on Saturday, 10 May, 2014 from 1pm to 3pm. It is anticipated that opposition groups will counter protest.

Rotherham Commander, Chief Superintendant Jason Harwin, said: "South Yorkshire Police has a duty to keep people and property safe and the public can be reassured that this is our priority.

“We have no legal power to ban the proposed assembly and have a duty to respect individual’s rights to protest peacefully.

“The event is likely to cause some disruption for local business and the public with road closures taking place for public safety. We will be looking to minimise any disruption where possible.”

The public are advised to make themselves aware of the route and plan any journeys accordingly.

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