Six men held at EDL march

Halifax Courier - - Your Courier - By Aban Quaynor

Six men were ar­rested for of­fences in­clud­ing racially ag­gra­vated public dis­or­der, in­de­cent ex­po­sure and breach of the peace dur­ing an EDL march in Hal­i­fax. Up to 150 mem­bers marched through Hal­i­fax town cen­tre on Satur­day to “high­light child groom­ing gangs that are on the rise in York­shire”.

Dur­ing the rally which started at the Old Post Of­fice pub and fin­ished out­side Northgate House - where speeches were made - EDL ( English De­fence League) mem­bers chanted “Mus­lim pae­dos off our streets” and “E-E-EDL”.

There was a large po­lice pres­ence - mainly neigh­bour­hood team of­fi­cers - at the event, as well as Calderdale Coun­cil staff. Sup­port was also pro­vided through­out the op­er­a­tion by Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice.

Calderdale Dis­trict Com­man­der Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Dickie White­head said: “To­gether with our part­ners, we have well-re­hearsed plans in place for deal­ing with th­ese kind of events and the plan­ning that had gone in to the demon­stra­tion has en­sured that it has passed off with no sig­nif­i­cant is­sues.

“This has been helped no end by the co-op­er­a­tion and sup­port of lo­cal res­i­dents and busi­nesses.”

Po­lice have not con­firmed whether those peo­ple ar­rested have been charged with any of­fence.

Dur­ing the speeches, an EDL mem­ber read a poem ded­i­cated to Lee Rigby, the sol­dier mur­dered by Is­lamic mil­i­tants in May 2013.

Speak­ing af­ter the event, an EDL spokesper­son thanked the public of Hal­i­fax for its sup­port.

Holly Lynch, Labour MP for Hal­i­fax, said: “I spoke to the lo­cal po­lice be­fore the event and I would like to thank them for their hard work, li­ais­ing with both or­gan­is­ers and the lo­cal com­mu­nity to en­sure that the march took place with­out in­ci­dent and with the min­i­mum dis­rup­tion to the town cen­tre.

“Hal­i­fax has a proud mul­ti­cul­tural her­itage and whilst EDL mem­bers have the right to protest, they have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that this hap­pens in a peace­ful man­ner. I want to re­as­sure Hal­i­fax that work­ing across the com­mu­nity to­wards a zero tol­er­ance ap­proach to child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion will be a key fo­cus for me in the com­ing weeks and months.”

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