EDL in discussions with police over demo

A previous EDL gathering in Rotherham town centre.
A previous EDL gathering in Rotherham town centre.
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EDL in discussions with police over demo in Rotherham

An EDL camp has been in place outside Rotherham’s Main Street police station ever since the damning report into the extent of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham was published last week, revealing 1,400 children were abused over 16 years by largely Pakistani men.

A larger gathering is to be held next Saturday, but details of exactly when and where have not yet been published.

Hundreds of EDL members have attended a number of other demonstrations in South Yorkshire over recent months, costing police chiefs hundreds of thousands of pounds in extra staff costs.

Officers from neighbouring forces are expected to be drafted in next week to bolster numbers on the ground in Rotherham.

On previous demonstration days Unite Against Fascism has staged counter events.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “South Yorkshire Police has been informed of a proposed demonstration by the English Defence League in Rotherham on Saturday, September 13.

“Officers are in discussion with the organisers to understand their plans, which includes the numbers attending.

“This is at the very early stages and continued discussions will take place to ensure the event runs safely.

“We expect everyone taking part in the event to behave appropriately and respect the right of other people to go about their daily lives with a minimum of disruption.”