Six admit planning terror attack on EDL rally in Dewsbury

EDL rally in Halifax town centre in 2011. Police escort EDL protesters down through town to Eureka car park
EDL rally in Halifax town centre in 2011. Police escort EDL protesters down through town to Eureka car park
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Six men have pleaded guilty to planning a terror attack on an English Defence League rally in Dewsbury.

The men from Birmingham admitted preparing acts of terrorism between May 1 and July 4 last year.

Their target was an EDL demonstration in the town centre on June 30.

Omar Mohammed Khan, 28, Mohammed Hasseen, 23, Anzal Hussain, 24, Mohammed Saud, 22, and Zohaib Ahmed, 22, all admitted their involvement during a hearing at Woolwich Crown Court this morning (Tuesday).

A sixth man, who cannot be named, also pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court.

The EDL have been involved in several gatherings and demonstrations in Calderdale over the last couple of years.

On June 9 last year supporters of the far-right group stopped off in Hebden Bridge last June after a demonstration in Rochdale . Earlier in the day, up to 150 supporters from all over the north and midlands congregated in Sowerby Bridge on route to Lancashire.

In July 2011 there was a rally in the car park of the popular family attraction Eureka in Halifax.

The Unite Against Facism group were due to hold a counter demonstration about a mile away, but police became concerned about possible clashes when about 50 EDL supporters headed towards the King Cross Road area.

A bus was provided to take the EDL followers to the Eureka car park but 200 and 300 EDL demonstrators broke through the fence at the museum and confronted a small number of police officers.