Police are turning away ‘far-right’ protesters using ‘breach of the peace’ legislation to stop them coming into Rotherham this morning.
A vehicle with members of the South East Alliance group was stopped by South Yorkshire Police on the M1 at about 11am today.
The police used breach of the peace legislation to refuse the group entry into Rotherham, forcing them to turn around.
The group had been travelling into the town to take part in a demonstration against child abuse today, the latest in a long line of far-right protests in the town, including a march by the EDL last year which resulted in several arrests VIDEO Violence at EDL protest
Rotherham Council has called on members not to be violent and to allow the day to pass peacefully.
But police are using the breach of the peace legislation to turn away members of the group - and say they expect more to be refused entry into the town today.
A spokesman for the force said: “Breach of the peace legislation can allow police to turn away people from entering Rotherham if they have reason to believe there may be disorder, damage or violence.
“Since the group have not been engaging with police and based on prior activity by the South East Alliance, we felt that we could reasonably assume that’s what they were going to do.
“We believe there will be other vehicles that will also be stopped by police.”
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