VIDEO: No arrests made following demonstrations in Sheffield and Rotherham

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Around 250 police officers were on duty this afternoon when two demonstrations took place in South Yorkshire.

In Sheffield city centre hundreds of people attended an anti-austerity demonstration.

Protesters march through Rotherham. Picture Glenn Ashley

Protesters march through Rotherham. Picture Glenn Ashley

They marched from Devonshire Green to Pinstone Street, before gathering outside Sheffield Town Hall.

In Rotherham, around 80 people from a number of far right groups marched through the town centre before carrying out a small demonstration in Main Street against child sex abuse.


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Rotherham has had a series of marches in the town since the publication of Professor Alexis Jay’s report into child sexual exploitation in the town, which suggested 1,400 children had been sexually abused by largely Pakistani-heritage men over a 16 year period.

South Yorkshire Police said both demonstrations were peaceful and caused little disruption to local communities.

No arrests were made at either demonstration.

Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin, who oversaw the policing of today’s demonstrations, said: “Those involved in the events today have engaged with police and we were able to facilitate peaceful and lawful protest in both Sheffield and Rotherham.

“There was relatively minor disruption in Rotherham, with no public facilities affected by today’s event and only one road closure for a short period of time.

“We are grateful to the local community for their continued patience and understanding.

“The event in Sheffield was significant larger and caused some disruption to public transport but there were no significant issues or disorder. I want to thank the public of Sheffield for their co-operation and support.”