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EDL leader arrested after march

English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson was among 14 people arrested yesterday after the far-right group's march across Tower Bridge. The group already lost a High Court battle over where they were allowed to demonstrate.

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EDL protesters gather for march

Protesters at Queen Elizabeth Street just before midday. Credit: ITV News / Ronke Phillips

There are currently more police officers than protesters at a planned English Defence League march by Tower Bridge.

The EDL decided to hold a march today despite losing a High Court battle over where they are allowed to demonstrate.

Leaders had wanted to rally in an area in Tower Hamlets which they say is "subject to Sharia law", but Judge Mr Justice King yesterday ruled that a police decision to impose restrictions over fears of "serious public disorder" was reasonable and proportionate.

Police and protesters on Queen Elizabeth Street. Credit: ITV News / Ronke Phillips

Police said the route of the march - which takes place between midday and 3pm - starts at Queen Elizabeth Street.

It will apparently follow Tower Bridge Road, Tower Bridge Approach, The Minories and then into Aldgate High Street.

Police officers at the start of the march this morning. Credit: ITV News / Ronke Phillips

Organisers have been told they must not to go beyond the junction with Mansell Street.

Scotland Yard said senior officers had decided to stop the march a third of a mile short of its intended destination in the hope of preventing "serious" disorder.

It had been estimated between 1,000 and 2,000 people would take part in the EDL march and "several thousand" in counter demonstrations by groups including Unite Against Fascism.

Police officers prepare for the march this morning. Credit: ITV News / Ronke Phillips
Police officers wait for the march to begin. Credit: ITV News / Ronke Phillips
Police vans at the the start of the march. Credit: ITV News / Ronke Phillips

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