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Anti-fascist protestors gather at MediaCity as former EDL leader plans demo against BBC

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Anti-fascist protestors are holding a counter rally at MediaCity in Salford against plans by the former leader of the English Defence League to demonstrate against the BBC.

Anti-fascism counter demo at MediaCity Credit: ITV Granada

Tommy Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, has urged his supporters to join a protest against Panorama at the BBC's Salford Quays studios.

Tommy Robinson supporters gather Credit: ITV Granada

A crowd of Tommy Robinson supporters, some carrying England flags have gathered at MediaCity.

The former leader of the EDL plans to screen a video, he's called 'Panodrama" in response to Panorama's investigations into him.

He's said he expects more than 10, 000 supporters to join him

A number of police officers and vehicles are in the area and temporary metal barriers have been placed around all of the BBC buildings.

Several restaurants are closed.

The Media City branch of Prezzo had a sign on the door which said:

"This restaurant is closed for the safety of our customers and staff due to high numbers being expected to the area." .