Four arrested at Barnsley railway station in connection with Britain First protest

Four men have been arrested at Barnsley railway station in connection with a Britain First march in Dewsbury.

Sunday, 31st January 2016, 8:41 am
Updated Sunday, 31st January 2016, 8:44 am

The men were arrested by British Transport Police on Saturday for ‘racially-aggravated public order offences’ in connection with the Dewsbury event.

Another man was arrested at Dewsbury railway station for assaulting a police officer.

West Yorkshire Police said the demonstration in Dewsbury and a counter-protest had otherwise passed off peacefully.

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It is estimated that around 120 Britain First members protested near Old Town Hall Street while around 80 counter protestors attended a separate event on Long Causeway.

Chief Superintendent Steve Cotter of Kirklees District Police, said: “Both the demonstration and counter demonstration have passed off peacefully.

“I want to pass on my thanks to residents in the town for their calm and considered response to today’s events and to traders and local businesses for their support.

“We have worked hard with partners to keep road closures and disruption to a minimum to allow life to go on as normally as possible.”