Six arrests on day of demonstrations in Dewsbury

SIX arrests were made when the English Defence League (EDL) and Unite Against Fascism (UAF) held demonstrations in Dewsbury this weekend.

Hundreds of police officers were involved in a regional operation to make sure the rival events remained peaceful.

Around 450 EDL demonstrators gathered in the car park at Dewsbury train station where a metal enclosure had been set up.

A counter-protest by the UAF and trade unions to celebrate the unity of the town’s different cultures was held a short distance away in the Wellington Road East car park.

Police made six arrests in Batley and Dewsbury, but none of those arrests were made at the demonstration sites.

A 31-year-old from Batley was arrested for possession of an offensive weapon and released without charge.

A 44-year-old from Barnsley and a 39-year-old from Merseyside were arrested for public order offences and bailed.

A fixed penalty notice was given to a 41-year-old from Cleckheaton who was arrested for a public order offence.

A 16-year-old from Bradford was arrested for criminal damage and has been bailed.

An 18-year-old from Preston, who arrested for trespass on railway property, is due before Leeds Magistrates’ Court later this month.