Police thank public for support as EDL march ends

 Taxi Drivers Strike in Protest at EDL March

Like many people in Redditch i witnessed the marches by the UAF and EDL on Saturday.

About 1200 residents also watched from around the church, market, and the War Memorial area of the town centre  outnumbering both groups of protesters.

Taxi drivers also held a strike in protest at the EDL march and is due to end at 6am Sunday morning.

Both the EDL and UAF protest groups said that this was the largest number of police officers they have ever seen for a local demo.

The police can take some credit from the fact only three arrests were made and these were for very minor offences.

West Mercia Police have thanked the public for their support in ensuring the English Defence League rally in Redditch passed off peacefully.

Around 40 EDL supporters gathered to hear speeches at the bandstand in Church Green West this afternoon in Redditch.

Approximately 200 counter EDL demonstrators gathered in Easemore Road. However, the rally finished with only three arrests, one man for breach of the peace and two men on suspicion of assault.

Police say all three are believed to have been attached to the counter EDL demonstration. Once EDL supporters had listened to speeches at the bandstand they were escorted by police back to the railway station where they had arrived earlier.

Counter EDL demonstrators held a short gathering at the bandstand before dispersing.

“ “The success of the operation is due to a number of factors, not least the support from partner agencies who helped in preparing the town for today’s event and the fantastic co-operation we have had from the public.

“A significant number of officers and staff were involved in policing the protest and we would like to pay tribute to the professionalism of our colleagues from British Transport Police and neighbouring forces who were involved.

We are grateful for their support. – Superintendent Adrian Pass of West Mercia Police

About 1200 residents watched the Demonstrations by the UAF and EDL around the town centre, church, and market area.

The Police deserve credit for the policing on the day as Redditch on the whole remained peaceful.

Taxi drivers held a strike until 6am Sunday morning.