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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Seven charged after Rotherham protests

Seven people have been charged following protests in Rotherham town centre yesterday.

There were clashes when around 1,000 people from various groups, including the English Defence League, marched through the town.

12 people were arrested. Seven of them have been charged for a variety of offences including criminal damage, assaulting a police officer, and racially-aggravated public order.

Three men who were arrested in Wickersley before the protests on suspicion of going equipped to commit crime have been released on bail. One other Middlesborough man has been bailed for assault.

Around 1,500 police officers were drafted in to police the event and to ensure the safety of local residents and those taking part in the protests.

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