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No chances taken as Dudley prepares for up to 1500 EDL members and counter demonstrators

Massive disruption is expected in Dudley town centre today as EDL members from around the country stage a protest against plans for a new mosque.

Many traders have decided not to open their shops today.

Credit: ITV News Central/Craig Cotterill
Credit: ITV News Central/Craig Cotterill
Credit: ITV News Central/Craig Cotterill
Credit: ITV News Central/Craig Cotterill
Credit: ITV News Central/Craig Cotterill

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Dudley Council: 'the EDL are not welcome'

EDL demonstration in Birmingham Credit: ITV News Central

We have a proud tradition across Dudley of people of all backgrounds getting on well and expect that this will continue to be the case on the day of the protest and afterwards.

We are clear as a community and as a council that the EDL is not welcome in Dudley borough but there are no legal powers available to stop a static democratic protest.

In addition to potentially causing financial loss to local businesses, previous visits have cost the taxpayer around £1million.

– Councillor Pete Lowe, leader of Dudley Council

He also points out that the EDL visit will have no bearing on ongoing High Court proceedings in relation to proposals for a mosque in Hall Street.

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Man dies after crashing with police car

A man has died in a crash with a police car in Dudley.

The accident happened at the junction of Central Drive, Bridge Street and Martin Close in Coseley, at around 11am yesterday.

The man, believed to be a van driver, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash happened at at the junction of Central Drive, Bridge Street and Martin Close in Coseley Credit: ITV News Central

West Midlands Police said the officer had been driving a marked car and had been carrying out routine enquiries. He was not responding to an emergency at the time.

Central Drive was closed between Eachus Road and Sangwin Road for around five hours while emergency services attended the scene.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the crash to come forward.

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