Arrests at planned Sunderland protest

Sunderland protests Photo: Spark Sunderland

Thirteen arrests have been made at a protest in Sunderland where 200 people turned out to campaign both for and against a mosque being built in Millfield.

These pictures are courtesy of Spark Sunderland.

The protest, involving right and left wing organisations, was planned and despite promises of peaceful demonstrations, the police made arrests on both sides. Officers say it was disappointing and a police presence remains in the area.

"It is disappointing that a protest that was planned as peaceful has resulted in arrests.

"We have a strong police presence in the area and this will continue in order to provide reassurance to the community. We will not tolerate any sort of disorder and those seen to be committing such offences will be arrested."

– Assistant Chief Constable Steve Ashman