Police forces from across the country offer to help in Rotherham

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Police officers from as far away as Devon and Cornwall were drafted in to help keep law and order in Rotherham before, during and after Saturday’s EDL demonstration.

Officers arrived from West Midlands, Warwickshire, West Mercia, Staffordshire, the Met, Norfolk, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, South Wales, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, Northumbria, Cleveland, Durham, North Yorkshire, Humberside, West Yorkshire, North Wales and Cumbria police forces to boost numbers in South Yorkshire.

Police chiefs had a team of 1,500 bobbies on duty, with those in the town centre during the march and rally kitted out in riot gear.

The cost of the policing operation - the biggest the force has organised for years - topped £1 million.

Bosses are to notify Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright, and he will decide whether to ask the Home Office for financial help.

South Yorkshire Police finances were already stretched before the demo, with the force having to make savings of £49 million because of Government budget cuts.

Rotherham resident Madeline Hartley said: “All that money on policing this all comes out of our council tax.

“Pick on another town - give us a break.”