Police in Birmingham made 20 arrests today after bottles, cans and other missiles were hurled at officers during an English Defence League rally.West Midlands Police estimated that around 2,000 people attended the EDL demonstration and a counter-protest in the city centre.
More than 1,000 police officers took part in a major security operation to ensure public safety and prevent rival protesters from clashing, but sporadic disorder broke out soon after the start of the EDL event in Centenary Square.
At one point during a stand-off between EDL supporters and officers wearing riot gear, police dogs were deployed to quell an attempt to break through police lines into a building site.
Officers were also showered with broken glass, pieces of slate and other objects after EDL supporters, some wearing balaclavas, confronted police near the Hyatt Regency hotel.
Two English Defence League (EDL) leaders arrested this morning as they attempted to visit the spot where Drummer Lee Rigby was murdered have been bailed.
EDL leader Tommy Robinson and his co-leader Kevin Carroll were detained by police on suspicion of obstructing officers outside Aldgate East station in east London as they attempted to stage what they claimed was a charity walk to Woolwich Barracks via the East London Mosque.
They were tonight bailed to return to a police station in August together with another two men who were arrested on suspicion of assault, a Scotland Yard spokesman said.
Two English Defence League leaders were arrested today after attempting to visit the spot where Drummer Lee Rigby was killed.
Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carroll were detained on suspicion of obstructing police as they made their way to Woolwich.
The Metropolitan Police had already banned the march, as Ria Chatterjee reports:
English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson and his co-leader Kevin Carroll were detained by police on suspicion of obstructing officers in east London as they attempted to stage what they claimed was a charity walk to Woolwich Barracks via the East London Mosque.
Scotland Yard yesterday said it was imposing conditions due to fears that both the march and gathering would "result in serious public disorder and serious disruption to the life of the community" and a breach of the conditions would be a criminal offence.
The police force issued two notices under the Public Disorder Act based on "current community tensions", offering alternative routes that avoided Tower Hamlets, home to the East London Mosque.
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of assault during an English Defence League march to Woolwich, in what they claimed to be a charity walk to Woolwich Barracks where Drummer Lee Rigby was killed last month.
The men are reportedly not from the group.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said:
At approximately 11.25am today, two men were arrested outside Aldgate East station for obstructing police.
They have been taken to a south London police station. Two further men were arrested on suspicion of assault.
They have been taken to an east London police station.
English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson and co-leader Kevin Carroll were arrested today by police after they were warned they were "liable to arrest" if they continued further towards a mosque.
Police told the two men who were marching today reportedly to pay tribute to Drummer Lee Rigby: "We are looking to keep you both north of the river, whilst avoiding this road and avoiding the East London Mosque and the issues that are going to cause that.
"If you go down any further, you will be arrested."
The English Defence leader Tommy Robinson and co-leader Kevin Carroll have been reportedly arrested during a march to honour Drummer Lee Rigby, who was killed in Woolwich.
Members of the English Defence League have reportedly been arrested during a march in honour of Drummer Lee Rigby, killed in Woolwich.
The EDL said that leader Tommy Robinson had been arrested at Aldgate station in London.
The leader of the far-right English Defence League has denied his group is behind an arson attack at an Islamic centre, which was daubed with the letters EDL.
The fire in London's Muswell Hill last week came amid heightened tensions in the wake of the killing of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, with an increase in the number of attacks on mosques and Islamic centres.
EDL leader Tommy Robinson told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "If something was set fire and someone wrote David Cameron on the side of it, does it mean he did it?
"It just seems ridiculous to me and I think everyone can see through it that that's done to make it look like the English Defence League.
Asked if he would condemn attacks by his members on Muslims, he replied: "Utterly condemn it, disgraceful."
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