EDL demo: Six people arrested and police officer injured

Police at Halifax train station today
Police at Halifax train station today

HUNDREDS of police officers were deployed in Halifax today to keep English Defence League protesters under control.

Around 450 members of the far-right group came to the town, with coaches arriving from the Midlands and other parts of the country.

Some clashed with a counter demonstration in King Cross but were marched to the designated protest site at Eureka car park.

There was also some who arrived in Sowerby Bridge and marched from there into Halifax.

Police had to don riot gear when the protesters broke their way out of the car park and onto the childrens museum site.

The protesters were herded back onto coaches and trains and out of Halifax by around 5pm.

Five people have been arrested on suspicion of public order offences. A 21-year-old has also been arrested on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon.

A police officer was injured. He suffered a dislocated shoulder.

Around 70 people were at the counter demonstration in King Cross.

*For full story, pictures and video see Monday’s Halifax Courier