Mosque protest in Lincoln

A group called 'The East Anglian Patriots' have organised a protest against the building of a mosque in Lincoln. Riot police have moved into city to control the anti-mosque protesters. Parts of the city centre have been sealed off.

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No arrests after Lincoln demonstrations

Protests were fairly quiet Credit: ITV News Central

Lincolnshire Police say there were no arrests during two demonstrations in Lincoln yesterday.

Members of the group the East Anglian Patriots were protesting against a proposed mosque in the city. A counter demo also took place supported by members of the council.

A 'significant number' of police officers were on standby.

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Mosque protest relatively calm

Anti-mosque protestors in Lincoln Credit: ITV

About 200 members of the East Anglian patriots and the EDL have turned out in protest over plans for a mosque in Lincoln. It has so far been relatively peaceful but there is a heavy police presence in the city with officers guarding roads around the town.

The protest has not seemed to have put visitors off, with shopkeepers reporting it has been business as normal.

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Extra police on duty for mosque protest in Lincoln

The proposed site of the mosque in Lincoln Credit: ITV News

Extra police officers are on duty today in Lincoln, ahead of two protests in the city.

Far right group 'The East Anglian Patriots' are due to demonstrate against the building of a new mosque. Council bosses approved planning permission for it last year.

A counter anti-fascist demonstration will also take place.

Dr Ahmed Tanweer from the Islamic Association of Lincoln, said most local people were against The East Anglian Patriots' demo:

'They're not supporting it at all. They're saying they're going to stay away from it because we work together and have got a good relationship.

'Good people have got to stand up and be counted and not just ignore it and hope that it goes away.'

The East Anglian Patriots have told ITV News in a statement that they are planning a 'peaceful demonstration'.

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