Petition against EDL

Community petition against planned English Defence League demo to be handed to Home Office

Waltham Forest delegation's petition to ban EDL demo

A delegation from Waltham Forest have called on the Home Secretary to ban a planned demonstration by the English Defence League this weekend.

Made up of schoolchildren, councillors and community leaders, it arrived in Westminster by bus today to directly hand in their petition.

Fifty EDL members have already been banned from travelling to East London after being arrested during a march last month.

Met: 'We made decision based on intelligence'

We have made this decision based on specific intelligence and information, and our message is clear, we do not want people coming into the areas to attend these events.

Our engagement work with local communities will continue to ensure that we, wherever possible, address any concerns and provide factual information about the role and legal powers of the police.

The boroughs affected are Tower Hamlets, Newham, Waltham Forest and Islington.

– Chief Superintendent Peter Terry

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Met asks Home Secretary to prohibit marches

The Metropolitan Police Service has sought the consent of the Home Secretary to prohibit marches in Waltham Forest and three surrounding boroughs.

This is in light of the plans by the EDL to carry out a march in Waltham Forest on Saturday 27th October.

The prohibition under section 13 of the Public Order Act gives the Commissioner the power to prohibit marches with the consent of the Home Secretary in order to prevent serious public disorder. The order does not apply to processions that are commonly held in the area or funeral processions.

The Met says this decision has been made based on specific intelligence and information which has led them to believe that serious public disorder, violence and damage could be caused by the presence of marches in these areas. Tactically they believe this is the best option to prevent this.

Petition to be handed to Home Office

A community delegation from Waltham Forest will today hand a petition to the Home Office calling on the Home Secretary and the Metropolitan Police to prevent a demonstration by the English Defence League from going ahead.

The EDL is planning to demonstrate in Walthamstow on Saturday.

If it goes ahead it will be the second time in two months that the EDL have demonstrated in the borough, having held a march there last month.

The local council describes their activities as an 'ongoing torment'.

The petition will be presented by a delegation which will include local school children, councillors and community representatives.