EDL to hold protest in Halifax following mass grooming gang trial
EXCLUSIVE: A local branch of the far-right English Defence League (EDL) movement is planning to protest in Halifax next month.
They plan on protesting following the mass trial of 25 men who were charged with child sexual offences including rape and trafficking in February.
Perpetrators were from Halifax, Bradford, Huddersfield, Derby, Newport and Cheshire.
The EDL branch believes there is an “ever growing problem” of grooming gangs in West Yorkshire.
They also said that they are planning to show “disgust” at West Yorkshire Police for “allowing the perpetrators out on bail”.
On Facebook, the group wrote: “We was at Halifax & Leeds courts at the grooming gang trials to show our disgust at what the grooming gang had done to the victims. now the gang are free to walk around Halifax till 2016 on bail in a hope that people will just forget about it in time and not kick up a fuss. And will end up getting swept under the carpet like so many other grooming gang cases”.
When a dozen protesters gathered outside Calderdale Magistrates Court, one man was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence.
A disturbance had also broke out in the public gallery.