EDL demo: Let’s go mental, the mob yelled

The mob at Eureka car park. Pictures Jim Fitton
The mob at Eureka car park. Pictures Jim Fitton

bottles were hurled at police by the mob of EDL supporters gathered at the Eureka car park.

Shouting anti-Islamic chants and “Let’s go mental”, they decided to crowd against the line of officers standing across the car park entrance

Police had to ask them to move back to avoid protesters at the front from getting crushed.

Five coaches, some from the Midlands, unloaded members of the far-right group into the car park, which had been designated as the least disruptive spot by police and Calderdale Council.

Other protesters were escorted in by police after trying to march elsewhere.

Many of the group were drinking and bottles were thrown from the crowd at police, one narrowly missing an officer.

Police dogs had to be brought to get some EDL members, who had congregated outside the car park, to join the rest of the demonstrators.

The protest ended with demonstrators breaking out of the car park – it is understood by smashing fencing – and into the grounds of Eureka.

The children’s museum had decided to close for the day because of the protest, along with some pubs and other businesses in Halifax.

Six people were arrested after the demonstration and counter demonstration.

A 21-year-old Bradford man was charged with possession of an offensive weapon in King Cross Street and bailed to appear at Calderdale Magistrates Court on July 21.

A 14-year-old from Bradford, who was detained for breach of the peace, was released without charge

A 16-year-old from Bradford was arrested for a public-order offence.

He too was released without charge

A 25-year-old Pontefract man was arrested for breach of bail and has been detained to appear at Bradford Magistrates Court today.

A 29-year-old Stafford man was given a penalty notice for disorder

A 17-year-old Bradford youth was charged with a public-order offence and assaulting a police officer.

He will appear at Bradford Magistrates Court on July 20.