Road will be closed when EDL descend on Halifax

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A TOWN-centre road will be shut tomorrow as part of arrangements for an English Defence League (EDL) demonstration.

Crossley Street in Halifax will be closed at its junction with Princess Street and Town Hall Street East.

As reported by the Courier, the far-right group’s protesters will be marched into the Eureka car park when they arrive, to stop them causing trouble near the town’s railway station. West Yorkshire Police and Calderdale Council have designated the car park as the least disruptive spot for the protest.

But the group’s decision to come to Halifax will mean the children’s museum will be forced to close for the day. Some neighbouring businesses are also expected to be affected.

A counter-EDL protest is being organised but a location has yet to be finalised.

Last time the EDL decided to hold a demonstration in Halifax, 12 people were charged with various offences including possessing, an offensive weapon, being drunk and disorderly and resisting arrest. Police can not say yet how much the protest will cost them.

The A629 Calderdale Way/Elland bypass will also be shut tomorrow for continued resurfacing work.