"We do not want extremism in our town" says councillor

Around 200 police officers are on duty in Grantham today as two demonstrations take place in the town in the next hour . Members of the English Defence League will be staging a protest against plans to build an Islamic Cultural Centre.

At the same time a counter demonstration by the Grantham Solidarity Network is taking place a few metres away.

"We do not want extremism in our town. Planning issues need to be decided by local people."

– Councillor Charmaine Morgan, South Kesteven District Council

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Cost of policing Grantham rallies to be worked out

Lincolnshire police are totting up how much it cost to manage two protests held in Grantham. English Defence League staged a rally against plans for an Islamic Centre in the town. A counter demonstration was held by Grantham Solidarity Network.