Hundreds gather for Luton EDL march

An English Defence League march and counter protest are taking place in Luton this weekend

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Six people arrested during EDL march released by police

Six people were arrested during the march and have all been released without charge Credit: ITV News Anglia

Six people arrested during the English Defence League march in Luton on Saturday have all been released without any charges.

The five men and one woman were held at Dunstable police station for the duration of the march and were released shortly afterwards.

They had been arrested by police in order to prevent a breach of the peace.

The EDL march passed off peacefully with around 400 people taking part. A counter protest also took place with a smaller number of people involved.

Six arrests during the EDL march in Luton

There have been six arrests during the English Defence League march through Luton in Bedfordshire.

The EDL started in the town 5-years ago, but its founders are no longer involved in the group. Up to 500 people are thought to have attended today's march.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey


Council leader: EDL protesters 'we don't want them here'

Hundreds of police officers from forces across the south east are on duty in Luton as a march by the English Defence League heads through the town.

EDL march in Luton Credit: ITV News Anglia

Click below to watch an interview clip with Chief Inspector Mark Upex from Bedfordshire Police:

The leader of Luton Borough Council Hazel Simmons told ITV News Anglia she didn't want the protesters in the town and that they were not welcome.

She said: "They have a democratic right to protest. Obviously it's a great cost to the public purse. We have to accommodate that and make sure the town is safe."

A counter demonstration is taking place under the banner "We Are Luton". Around 500 people are believed to be marching with the EDL.

Click below to watch an interview clip with Cllr Hazel Simmons, Leader of Luton Borough Council:

Business owners on the route of the match say road closures have affected trade and have condemned the event.

Changes to Luton bus services during EDL march

Arriva has announced changes to some of its bus services in Luton as a result of the EDL march and counter protests taking place today.

Arriva bus Credit: PA Images

All services that would normally stop at Church Street will be dropping off and picking up passengers at the Luton Station Interchange including 31 and 38.

Any services that serve the Galaxy or Silver Street will also serve their stops.

The only exception is the Farley Hill services, 1 and 4, which will terminate and start at Chapel Street.

We will have staff on hand to assist passengers and drivers and as soon as the area is clear, normal stops will be served.

Updates will be on social media if anything changes, facebook /arrivashires or twitter @arrivashires

– Linsey Frostick, Arriva


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