There were twelve arrests following a demonstration by the English Defence League in Bolton.
Eleven EDL demonstrators were arrested and one UAF protestor was arrested.
Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner has praised the people of Bolton for their restraint during the demo.
“The EDL is neither wanted nor welcome in Bolton or Greater Manchester and it’s really about time they realised that. They have repeatedly tried to provoke and have repeatedly failed.
“The best response to the EDL is simply to ignore them and I would like to praise the people of Bolton for doing just that."
A massive police operation underway in Bolton as the English Defence League demonstrate in the town.
Hundreds are expected to take part in a counter demonstration, many fearful of a repeat of the violence witnessed in 2010.
Two English Defence League leaders were arrested today as they attempted to visit the spot where Drummer Lee Rigby, from Middleton in Greater Manchester, was hacked to death in broad daylight last month.
EDL leader Tommy Robinson and his co-leader Kevin Carroll were detained by police on suspicion of obstructing officers in east London as they attempted to stage what they claimed was a charity walk to Woolwich Barracks via the East London Mosque.
The Metropolitan Police said yesterday that anyone trying to march to Woolwich would be arrested and imposed a route for the walk between Hyde Park Corner and ending at Old Palace Yard, opposite the House of Lords.
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Greater Manchester police have made an arrest following a demonstration in Manchester city centre. A group of about 100 people from thought to be from the English Defence League have gathered in Piccadilly Gardens. There are also demonstrators at St Peter’s Square.
Officers are also managing a counter-demonstration by Unite Against Fascism of about 80 people.
We are helping to facilitate what we hope will continue to be a peaceful protest. The safety of the public is our priority and we are working hard with our partners to make sure people can safely go about their business in the city today. One person has been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence.
Police say an EDL protest held in Manchester passed of relatively peacefully with fifteen arrests for public order offences.
Twelve were affiliated to the EDL and three were affiliated to the UAF.
Sarah Rogers was there:
Greater Manchester Police say they are "grateful to the community of Manchester following a demonstration in the city centre today"Read the full story ›