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West Midlands Police on EDL protests

West Midlands Police are undertaking a large-scale operation in Walsall ahead of the EDL protests.

Supporters of the English Defence League (EDL) are planning to stage a static demonstration in the town centre, while opposition groups also hold an event in the town simultaneously.

The police have no power to ban a static protest.

West Midlands Police does not welcome this protest as we recognise that many people feel anxious about it being in the town.However...Officers will be deployed throughout the town to provide a visible reassurance to retailers, shoppers and all those visiting Walsall.Any criminal or public order offences will be robustly dealt with.

– Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth

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