Far-right protesters and counter-demonstrations to descend on Rotherham today

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Far-right protest group Britain First is set to hold a march through Rotherham today, despite a petition set up to attempt to stop the group.

The campaigners will march through the town for ‘justice for the victims of grooming’.

It is the latest in a series of demonstrations by far-right groups in the town held since the Jay Report’s revelation that at least 1,400 girls were abused in the town between 1997 and 2013.

A spokesman for the group said: “Britain First will hold a public protest march in the town on Saturday 5th of September and we appeal to all patriots to attend.

“We need to send a message that they cannot ignore the plight of our young girls any longer!

“Action must be taken, now.”

The group will meet at 1pm today at Rotherham Train Station.

UPDATE: The march has now happened - CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO

A large police presence is expected in Rotherham today, although protesters have been told that they cannot march in the heart of the town centre itself.

A counter demonstration is also set to take place.

A group of military veterans has accused Britain First of keeping money apparently collected for military charities and has accused the group of using military charities as ‘clickbait’ for its own cause.

Group member John McKnight said: “I represent a Military Veteran group that oppose Britain First due to their diverting of funds to our charities.

“They have collected money in the streets and openly claimed on social media that they donate to Military Charities, however this money has never been received by any charity that they claim to have donated to.

“They use images of Military Regiments to raise money for their organisation despite being asked by said Regiments to remove those images.

“When asked on social media posts, the requests are deleted and the sender blocked from commenting further, and they continue to use the image and name of Lee Rigby, despite multiple requests from his family to stop.

“Anyone questioning them regarding these matter via social media is ignored and then blocked.

“We have attended counter demonstrations in Dudley and Luton this year, and will continue to do so until Britain First stop using the Military and it’s Veterans as ‘clickbait’ to raise funds for their agenda.”