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Campaign group supports counter far-right demonstration in Lincoln

A campaign group behind last month's march against racism in Lincoln has expressed its support for a similar counter-protest which is to be held in Grantham later today.

"We are delighted to support today's counter-protest and we hope that some of our supporters will be taking part. Grantham Solidarity Netwok are making history today in organising against the far-right threat in their town."

– Nick Parker, Lincoln Against Racism and Fascism

Grantham Solidarity Network was set up in February 2014 by Grantham residents to oppose the EDL presence in the Lincolnshire town.

Expect minor disruptions during Grantham rallies

There will be an increased police presence in Grantham today with a rally being staged by the English Defence League against plans for an Islamic Centre in the town - and a counter demonstration.

The EDL event will commence at around 1.30pm in Westgate near to the Blue Bull public house and the group will then proceed to St Peters Hill near the Guildhalll for a static rally.

The opposing group will hold a static meeting nearby on Avenue Road starting at around 1pm. Both protests should be over by 3pm.

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Police prepare for EDL march in Grantham

The English Defence League plan to march through Grantham today over plans to build a new Islamic Centre in the town. There will also be a counter demonstration.

The EDL will march at 1.30pm in Westgate near to the Blue Bell pub and move towards St Peter's Hill where they will hold a static rally.

The opposing group will hold a static meeting nearby on The Avenue starting at around 1300hrs.

The protests should finish at 3pm.

Hopes for calm during Grantham EDL rally

Lincolnshire police are hoping for calm in Grantham tomorrow as the English Defence League stages a rally against plans for an Islamic Centre in the town. The EDL wants to prevent the centre being built, claiming it will attract extremists.

But a local residents' group say they welcome diversity. Officers will be brought in from surrounding counties to ensure the EDL rally, and a counter demonstration, remain peaceful. Victoria Whittam reports.

Picture of site where controversial Islamic cultural centre could be built

The site of proposed Islamic cultural centre Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Organisers of a protest against plans to build an Islamic Cultural Centre in Grantham insist it will be peaceful. The EDL will march through the town - a counter demonstration is also planned. Police say they will keep disruption to a minimum.

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Multi-million pound revamp for Grantham unveiled

Plans have been unveiled for a multi-million pound revamp of a Lincolnshire market town, which will see a new mutli-screen cinema, alongside restaurants and shops.

If approved the total cost of the renovation to Grantham will be six million pounds. Traders in the area hope it'll entice shoppers back after a decline in numbers. Matt Price reports.

Thousands oppose 'Thatcher Day'

A group of Conservatives want the August Bank Holiday to be dedicated to Lady Thatcher's memory Credit: Press Association

20,000 people have signed an online petition opposing plans to have the August Bank Holiday named after Margaret Thatcher. A group of Conservative MPs want it to be a day in her honour.

Man jailed for attempted rape

James David Taylor Credit: Lincolnshire Police

A man has been jailed for eight years for the attempted rape of a woman in Sleaford.

James David Taylor, 26, from Grantham was sentenced for attempted rape, robbery and threats to kill at Lincoln Crown Court today.

He approached his 20-year-old victim in Lincoln Road, Sleaford in May as she walked over a bridge. He tried to rape her, stole cash from her and threatened to kill her.

Det Sgt Tim Wilkinson said: “This is a significant sentence and we hope it enables the victim to move forward with her life. We also hope it sends out a clear message to offenders in the county. You will be arrested and put before the courts.”

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