English Defence League protest

Far right demonstrators have staged a protest over plans to convert a pub into an islamic community centre

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Full report: EDL protest near Leeds

Members of the English Defence League gathered in a suburb of Leeds this afternoon to protest about plans for a new Muslim community centre. Police prevented clashes between the group and anti fascist campaigners, who staged a counter demonstration as Victoria Whittam reports.

Four arrests in EDL protest

Police have thanked residents in Moortown for their co-operation following today's largely peaceful demonstrations in the area. Four people have been arrested during the protest.

Today's demonstration and counter demonstration have passed off largely without incident with only four arrests for offences such as drunk and disorderly behaviour and minor public order offences.

We have worked to minimise disruption as much as we can and I want to thank residents for their calm and considered response to these demonstrations in their community and also for working with us to allow Police to facilitate this protest peacefully.

– Superintendent Martin Snowden, of North East Leeds Police


English Defence League protest

Far right demonstrators have staged a protest at a former Leeds pub earmarked for conversion to an islamic community centre. The English Defence League supporters gathered outside the old Lingfield pub in Alwoodley near Leeds to show their opposition to the plans.

UKIM, UK Islamic Mission, who bought the site, want to create a gym, IT suite, training facilities, library and a prayer room.

English Defence league demonstrators gather in Leeds Credit: ITV Yorkshire
English Defence League march Credit: ITV Yorkshire
Police at the scene of a protest by the English Defence League Credit: ITV Yorkshire
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