Six arrests on day of demonstrations in Dewsbury

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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.