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Policing the EDL March in Bristol cost nearly £500,000

The cost of policing the march by the English Defence League and a counter-demonstration in Bristol last month was almost half a million pounds, according to new figures.

Avon and Somerset Police called in help from 23 other forces, using a total of 1,100 officers. 16 arrests were made.

There was a strong police presence at the marches on 15th July Credit: ITV West

Sixteen arrests following demonstrations in Bristol

EDL protesters gathered in Queen Square before taking part in a short march Credit: ITV News

Sixteen people are being questioned by police in Bristol following a day of marches in the city.

Around 300 supporters of the far-right group the EDL gathered in Queen Square to hear speeches complaining about what its leaders termed the 'Islamification' of the city.

The EDL activists then took part in a short march.

Approximately 500 people from the We Are Bristol campaign also marched through the city in protest at the EDL's presence.

A total of 16 arrests were made during the day for offences that included going equipped to damage, failing to remove a face covering and assaulting a police officer.

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Angry scenes in Bristol as the EDL march turns ugly

There have been angry scenes in Bristol today as the English Defence League marched through Bristol. Counter protest group We Are Bristol came within yards of the EDL rally, with a thousand officers on standby attempting to keep the two apart.

At one stage a bin was set on fire and missiles were thrown. Riot police have made at total of seven arrests, including one for racially aggravated behaviour.

Bin fires extinguished

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The bins were not on fire. It was paper within. This has now been extinguished. Those responsible have been dispersed. #edl #stopedl

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We have a small group who set alight some bins. We are dealing with this robustly and will not tolerate any disorder. #edl #stopedl

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