EDL stage protest in Rotherham

The far-right English Defence League have staged a demonstration in Rotherham town centre in protest at the chid sex abuse scandal. A counter demonstration by United Against Fascism will be held at the same time.The cost of policing the protests was in excess of £1m, South Yorkshire police have revealed.

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EDL gather outside Rotherham police station

Rotherham police station's main desk is closed as members of the English Defence League gather outside at the end of their march through the town.

Members of the English Defence League have gathered outside Rotherham Police station at the end of their march Credit: ITV Yorkshire


Crash barriers thrown at police during ugly scenes in Rotherham

From ITV Correspondent Jon Hill in Rotherham:

There have been ugly scenes in Rotherham as demonstrators have thrown crash barriers at police during an English Defence league march.

While members of the far right group walked through the town centre, a group of protestors tried to force their way through police lines.

Amid intense security the march has been brought to a temporary pause while hundreds of people who'd veered off the main route are brought back within the police cordon.

A smaller vigil is being held by Unite Against Fascism a few hundred yards away in the town centre. A spokesperson said the vigil was for the 1,400 abuse victims, but also a protest at attempts by others to turn the scandal into a racist issue.


Three arrests ahead of Rotherham EDL march

Three men who have been linked to today's English Defence League march in Rotherham have been arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.

The men were picked up in the Wickersley area of the town and are currently being held by police.

Despite police predictions that more than a thousand EDL members would turn up to today's protest, the South Yorkshire Force says that there are currently only around 200 people in the town centre.

Tight security ahead of Rotherham child abuse demonstration

EDL members have gathered to protest at the child sex abuse scandal in Rotherham Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Police have towed away at least three cars on the route of an English Defence League march in Rotherham town centre.

Some of the expected 1,300 EDL members have gathered for the start of the far-right protest which is being staged following the child sex abuse scandal which has hit the town.

It's thought 1,300 members of the EDL will join the march Credit: ITV Yorkshire

So-called 'public order barriers' which are usually used for football disorder have been erected around the town centre. The 10ft high barricades have sealed off shopping streets. A number of shops have also closed.

A number of shops in Rotherham town centre have closed ahead of an EDL rally in the town Credit: ITV Yorkshire

1,500 police on duty for Rotherham EDL march

1,500 police officers from around the country have been drafted in to oversee today's demonstration by the English Defence League in Rotherham.

It is expected 1,300 people are expected in the town centre for the rally, but it is unclear how many will be attending a counter-demonstration by Unite Against Fascism.

The town centre is currently deserted after 10 foot high barricades were erected in front of council offices, sealing some streets off entirely.

Police vans from forces including Essex, the Metropolitan Police, Wales, Derbyshire, Durham and Greater Manchester have been brought in as a precaution. Mounted officers are also patrolling the streets.

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