11 arrests at EDL demonstration

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Around 700 members of the English Defence League (EDL) turned out in Bradford for a demonstration on Saturday afternoon.

There was a counter demonstration, led by Unite Against Fascism (UAF), which included about 120 protestors.

The police made 11 arrests for public order offences but are keen to thank the local community.

Bradford South Divisional Commander, Chief Superintendent Simon Atkin said: “The significant planning and partnership work alongside Bradford Council which preceded these demonstrations has resulted in a successful and professional policing operation.

“Yet again, Bradfordians have shown the level of community spirit which exists in our city and have not reacted to provocation.

“I am extremely proud of the response from local people, which has ensured today’s events passed peacefully and with the least disruption.

“I would also personally like to thank all those who have worked tirelessly over the past few weeks to bring about this positive conclusion.

“Approximately 700 EDL demonstrators attended and 120 counter protestors. There have so far been 11 arrests for public order offences.

“The fact that the public went about their business during this time, is a real testament to their resolve.

“People remained calm, supporting the police and our partners throughout. We are now working together to return the area back to normality.”