Hundreds of extra police officers are on duty in Sheffield today to deal with a planned rally by members of the English Defence League.
Members are due to gather in Sheffield Lane Top.
As well as policing the rally, we will have additional officers on duty to carry out normal policing duties in the city, and a conservative estimate is that the policing operation on the day will cost at least £600,000 if not more. We would far sooner spend this money on local policing priorities but we have no choice.
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