EDL visit South Yorkshire Crime Commissioner’s home

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The English Defence League has been asked by Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright to stop visiting his home every day.

Mr Wright made the request during yesterday’s Police and Crime Panel meeting, when an EDL member admitted he had visited Mr Wright’s home every day since he publication of Professor Alexis Jay’s report into child sexual exploitation in the town.

The EDL member has also been camped outside Rotherham’s Main Street police station every day since in protest at the lack of action police and council chiefs are said to have taken to tackle the abuse because of sensitivities surrounding the ethnicity of perpetrators.

Addressing the EDL member, Mr Wright said: “We have neighbours with small children that are being affected by the EDL turning up at our home.”

Police officers have been sent to Mr Wright’s home to deal with the EDL visits.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “South Yorkshire Police has carried out risk assessments for a number of people and locations and our aim is to ensure proportionate safety measures are in place. This is regularly reviewed.

“There have been several small-scale protests at premises related to people featured in the report.

“Officers have responded appropriately to specific incidents and have facilitated those protests in line with legislation.

“We will respond to any specific incidents appropriately, balanced against the right to peaceful protest.