Second protest for day of English Defence League demonstration in Dewsbury

AN ANTI-FASCIST organisation will lead a counter-protest to the English Defence League’s demonstration in Dewsbury this weekend.

But police have ruled that neither group will be allowed to hold events in the heart of the town centre.

The EDL had originally planned to hold speeches outside Dewsbury Town Hall on Saturday afternoon.

Now its demonstration will be limited to the car park outside the town’s train station between 2pm and 3pm.

Chf Supt John Robins said: “After discussions with local businesses, the council, the community and the EDL organiser, we have decided that the venue of the planned EDL peaceful static protest should now be on the public car park outside the railway station.

“This decision was made to ensure that any possible disruption to people visiting and working in Dewsbury on Saturday is kept to an absolute minimum.”

Kirklees Unite Against Fascism is planning an event of its own from noon on Saturday to celebrate the “unity of multicultural Dewsbury”.

Chf Supt Robins said: “We are speaking with the organiser, but it is likely that this counter-protest will be on Wellington Road East, further along the ring road.

“As we have stated previously, our main aim is to ensure it is ‘business as usual’ for the traders, businesses and the people of Dewsbury on Saturday.”