Extra police on duty in Rotherham for march over child sex abuse scandal

Police at an English Defence League march in Rotherham last month
Police at an English Defence League march in Rotherham last month
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Extra police will be on duty in Rotherham tomorrow when Britain First marches through the town.

The group is planning a second visit within a month following the publication of Professor Alexis Jay’s report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, which revealed 1,400 children had been abused by mainly Pakistani men over 16 years.

The authorities were said to have failed to act because of sensitivities around the ethnicity of the offenders.

Britain First supporters are due to meet at Westgate car park at 1pm and march to All Saint’s Square for speeches.

The group is calling for arrests, job losses and disciplinary action over the scandal.

Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin said: “Public safety is our priority, balancing individuals’ right to protest against the rights of others going about their daily lives. “This demonstration is on a much smaller scale to other demonstrations in recent weeks, including the EDL march last month.

“Overall, we do not anticipate there to be a significant impact to the town centre.”