EDL supporters protest in Halifax, six arrests made
Six arrests were made at an English Defence League (EDL) rally held today in the town of Halifax.
According to the police, over 100 EDL members marched from The Old Post Office pub and then gathered outside Halifax Central Library.
However, some eye-witnesses said the turnout was far fewer in numbers.
Halifax today: EDL march mercifully small but we can still do without this poison! pic.twitter.com/5P0GavQ5L3
— Alan Gardner (@agaconservation) May 23, 2015
Six arrests were made for offences including breach of the peace, racially aggravated public disorder and indecent exposure.
The protest was organised following the mass trial of 25 men who were charged with child sexual offences including rape and trafficking in February.
Neighbourhood officers and Council staff were present throughout the day in Halifax to keep residents informed and offer reassurance.
Support was also provided throughout the operation by British Transport Police.
Calderdale District Commander Chief Superintendent Dickie Whitehead said: “Together with our partners, we have well-rehearsed plans in place for dealing with these kind of events and the planning that has gone in to today’s demonstration has ensured that it has passed off with no significant issues.”