Following yesterday's EDL protest the organisers of the counter protest 'We are Walsall' have said they communicated their message
Members of the English Defence League gather in Walsall whilst their opponents hold a counter rally.
Campaigners opposed to the government’s controversial Workfare programme will stage protests in Nottingham today.
Riot police have arrived in Walsall amidst clashes between EDL and the police.
More to follow
Centro have closed Walsall bus station as a precaution whilst the two demos in the town take place. See Centro staff on ground for advice
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.
– Assistant Chief Constable Garry Forsyth
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.
Crowds gathering in both demo sites in Walsall. All peaceful, no disorder or arrests. Shopping streets looking busy. http://t.co/rqWt8vgp
Andy Summers of We Are Walsall says EDL are not welcome in the town. He describes them as racist thugs and bullies. He said they had already caused massive disruption and fear.
Preparations are made ahead of EDL protest in Walsall.
A police cordon is put in place at Leicester street, where the demonstration is due to take place.
Counter protests will take place simultaneously.
Supporters of the English Defence League (EDL) will stage a demonstration in Walsall town centre today.
Unite Against Fascism and We Are Walsall will hold a counter demonstration at the same time.