Anti-fascist protest in Rotherham today

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A demonstration by members of the Leeds Anti-Fascist League is taking place in Rotherham today.

Police said there would be ‘minimum disruption’ as the protest was ‘significantly smaller’ than others that have happened in recent weeks in the wake of the Rotherham sex abuse scandal.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “Rotherham Town Centre is open as normal today and there is no indication that businesses need to close for the demonstration.”

Concerns have been raised about the impact of demonstrations on local businesses and there have been calls for a ban on demonstrations.

In one of the biggest protests, 1,500 police were drafted in as more than 1,000 people from groups including the English Defence League marched through Rotherham.

Actions have been in response to the Jay report, which revealed 1,400 victims were sexually abused in the town while authorities turned a blind eye.

The spokesman added: “We understand that recent demonstrations have had an impact on locals. Partners are working hard to keep disruption to a minimum.”

The protest is planned to last until 2pm.

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