Thugs beat man after EDL demo

VIOLENCE and disorder broke out following a demonstration by the English Defence League on Saturday.

At least 60 members of the far right group gathered for a peaceful demonstration on Savoy Square in Cleckheaton.

However, at the end of the demonstration – which was organised in response to a recent assault on a 14-year-old girl in Spen Lane, Gomersal – pockets of violence and disorder were reported across Kirklees.

A window was smashed at the Co-op in Heckmondwike, prompting the arrests of two Bradford men – a 32-year-old and a 20-year-old – who have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

A 35-year-old Asian man was taken to hospital after being assaulted by a group of men in Corporation Street, Dewsbury.

The man was abused and knocked to the ground, leaving him with a black eye and bruised ribs. The man was released from hospital the following day.

Police are appealing for information about the spate of violent incidents.

Supt David Lunn said: “If people have mobile phone footage of racist chanting, damage, or assaults taking place anywhere in Kirklees on Saturday, I would appeal for those people to contact us as the information they have could help us greatly with our enquiries.”

Contact Dewsbury CID via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.