West Midlands Police says that team work was behind a largely successful operation today in Birmingham city centre.
Due in no small part to the excellent work between police, our partner agencies and representatives of our communities. We recognise that the people of Birmingham have been both concerned and inconvenienced and we would like to thank them for their tolerance, co-operation and patience.
– Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Rowe
Police officers are going to carry on working with community groups over the next few days to make sure today's demonstrations have not damaged relationships between people of different cultures.
The police officer in charge of today's demonstration operation says,
A great deal of time, effort and thought has gone into today's events and it is reassuring to see that both demonstrations have largely passed off without serious incident. We are aware of some instances of criminal damage and a number of assaults have been reported, which will be the subject of our ongoing enquiries as we move forward from today's operation.
A small number of protesters and police officers were injured during today's demonstrations - with one police officer taken to hospital with a head injury. He has been discharged this evening after treatment.
Four people have been arrested at a rally today organised by the English Defence League. There were violent clashes as thousands of people turned out for both this rally and a counter demo from Unite Against Facism.
One police officer was taken to hospital. Charlotte Grant reports.