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Newcastle Area Commander Chief Superintendent Gary Calvert, Northumbria Police.
Dipu Ahad, Labour Councillor for Newcastle.
A small group of protesters opposing the EDL tried to intercept their march in Newcastle today, but were bundled away by police.
Several hundred English Defence League (EDL) supporters gathered on the steps of St Mary's Catholic Cathedral in Newcastle to protest against the killing of a British soldier last week.
Some sang "I'm English til I die" and were honked by passing van drivers.
Chants of "Whose streets? Our streets" and "RIP Lee Rigby" rang out and one protester carried a flag bearing the name of the killed British soldier.
Police were present in large numbers watching the demonstration grow.
Around 100 protesters, believed to be English Defence League supporters, are holding unplanned protests in two areas of Manchester.
There are also reports of a counter-protest by members of Unite Against Fascism in another part of the city.
Greater Manchester police have told ITV Granada that one person has been arrested on suspicion of a public order offence.
Among the police horses on duty at the English Defence League march in Newcastle today will be Bud, a horse who was punched during scuffles after a derby match in the city.
Bud flew to national fame when footage emerged showing a football fan punching him in the face after Newcastle United's 3-0 defeat to arch rivals Sunderland last month.
Well-wishers stroked and patted the police horse as he made his first return to the streets of Newcastle.
There is a heavy police presence in Newcastle for a planned demonstration by the English Defence League over the death of a British soldier in Woolwich.
About 1,000 officers were expected to be on duty in the city centre, backed by 10 police horses on loan from the West Yorkshire force.
A statement on the Northumbria Police website said: "We appreciate that the events in London on Thursday may have heightened community concerns about this weekend's planned protests in Newcastle.
"We are constantly monitoring the situation and will continue to adapt accordingly."