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March by the English Defence League through Oxford

The English Defence League (EDL) will hold a march in Oxford today.

Thames Valley Police is working with the protest organisers to facilitate a peaceful demonstration and our aim is to ensure that the impact on local people, businesses and visitors to the city is minimised.

The protestors, along with a counter demonstration by Unite Against Fascism (UAF), are expected to be in the city centre from mid morning onwards. The Force does not at this stage have confirmation of the start time or the planned route.

Thames Valley Police is working with partners to facilitate a peaceful protest, and an increased number of officers will be available for deployment.

Demonstrations of this nature have the potential to worry local residents and businesses in Oxford. We have therefore been working closely with partner organisations and community groups to try and minimise disruption, provide reassurance and, as far as possible, maximise the safety of those taking part in the protest.

There are no planned road closures at this stage but drivers are advised to avoid the area as there are likely to be delays.