Police confirm pig’s head was brandished during far right Leeds protest

The EDL march.
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WEST Yorkshire Police have confirmed that a pig’s head was brandished during a far right demonstration in Leeds.

It was initially reported on the YP’s website that severed pigs’ heads were allegedly thrown by English Defence League supporters during a rally outside the derelict Lingfield pub in Alwoodley on Saturday.

That section of the story was removed after police issued a statement which said that it was “inaccurate”.

The statement said: “A man was spotted wearing a latex pigs mask which did come off and may at some point have been thrown in the crowd during the protest.

“But at no point were protesters seen throwing animal parts of any kind.”

However, after evidence was published on Facebook and Youtube, the force has now released a new statement.

A spokesman said: “Having viewed subsequent footage of the demonstration and spoken directly with officers involved we can confirm there was a pig’s head found on the floor in the crowd which was quickly removed by officers and disposed of.

“This was in addition to the latex mask.”

Four people were arrested during Saturday’s demonstration, which was organised to protest against plans to turn the pub into a Muslim-run community centre.