Two people arrested in Rotherham Britain First march

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Two people were arrested after more than 100 Britain First supporters took to the streets of Rotherham.

The demonstration was the group’s second visit to the town 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 Britain First Party stage a march through the streets of Rotherham.

The Britain First Party stage a march through the streets of Rotherham.

It said police and council officials failed to take action because of sensitivities around the ethnicity of the offenders.

The Britain First supporters met at Westgate car park before the march to All Saint’s Square for speeches.

Referring to the report, Paul Golding, leader of the far right party, told the crowds: “We are back here because there have been zero arrests and zero prosecutions – a few silly resignations aren’t enough.

“We are here for the 1,400 victims, they deserve justice and we demand justice.”

The Britain First Party stage a march through the streets of Rotherham. Deputy Party Leader Jayda Fransen

The Britain First Party stage a march through the streets of Rotherham. Deputy Party Leader Jayda Fransen

Police deployed 200 officers to oversee proceedings, with officers lining the streets of the marchers’ – who chanted “Britain First fighting back” and waved British flags as they walked.

Several supporters and bystanders had strong exchanges of words during the march, although police said that overall it passed without major disruption.

South Yorkshire Police said a 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of a public order act and a 55-year-old-man was arrested on suspicion of breaching a dispersal notice.

Rotherham traders reported a slump in business as the group passed through the town’s main shopping areas.

The Britain First Party stage a march through the streets of Rotherham.  Party Leader Paul Golding

The Britain First Party stage a march through the streets of Rotherham. Party Leader Paul Golding

The Britain First Party stage a march through the streets of Rotherham.

The Britain First Party stage a march through the streets of Rotherham.

The Britain First Party stage a march through the streets of Rotherham. Police escort and guide the march

The Britain First Party stage a march through the streets of Rotherham. Police escort and guide the march

The Britain First Party stage a march through the streets of Rotherham. Police escort and guide the march

The Britain First Party stage a march through the streets of Rotherham. Police escort and guide the march