Police Plan Under Way For EDL Demo In Redditch

Pubs in the town centre will be closed from 1pm till 4pm on Saturday

West Mercia Police is aware of an English Defence League procession that is planned for Redditch on Saturday 26 May.

Superintendent Adrian Pass, police commander for North Worcestershire, said: “We are working closely with Redditch Borough Council and other partner agencies to ensure that any EDL event that takes place causes as little disruption to the people of Redditch as is possible.

“Our operational planning for the day is progressing well and once these plans are finalised we will make them public so that local residents understand what to expect.

“Our first priority will be to inform residents and businesses directly affected by the procession about our plans, but we will also release these details to a wider audience via the local media once they are finalised.

“I would ask people to remember that we simply cannot stop EDL members from coming to Redditch to hold a lawful protest. However, we will make sure than everyone attending the protest understands their legal responsibilities and also warn them that anyone who does break the law can expect to be dealt with very robustly.

“I would like to take this opportunity to reassure local people that a significant police presence will be on duty on the day and that we will have resources available that will allow us to deal with every likely eventuality.”

A counter demo is also planned by the UAF at the same time.