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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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Preparations made ahead of EDL protest

A police cordon is put in place at Leicester street Credit: ITV Central

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.

Preparations are made ahead of EDL protest in Walsall Credit: ITV Central

Police gather ahead of EDL protest

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.

Around 800 police officers are expected to be in Walsall for the protest Credit: ITV Central
Police begin to gather ahead of EDL protest Credit: ITV Central
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