One man arrested as Hundreds protest

Members of the Sikh community have held a sit-down protest outside a police station in Luton following allegations that a young woman was sexually assaulted.

Hundreds of demonstrators congregated outside Buxton Road police station on Tuesday night to air their concerns about Monday’s alleged attack, Bedfordshire Police said.

A number of officers were at the scene to resolve the situation with community leaders, the force added. One man was arrested in connection with the allegations.

A police spokesman said earlier: “Police in Luton are currently in talks with members of the Sikh community who are holding a sit-down protest outside Buxton Road police station.

“Their concerns follow a report that a young woman from their community was sexually assaulted on Monday.

There were reports that members of the English Defence League were also among the crowd.

“The allegations are currently subject of an investigation and all parties involved are being spoken with to establish the facts.

“One man had been arrested in connection with the allegation and inquiries continue.”

Bedfordshire Police said later that the protesters had dispersed.