Far right protesters march in Leeds

Protesters belonging to the extreme-right English Defence League marched in Leeds today.

The EDL protest in Leeds

The group, known for its anti-Islamic agenda, claimed that the protest was held against cases of child grooming.

The protest was poorly attended and saw members march in the areas around the Headrow and City Square. It is understood that a separate protest was held in Rotherham.

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West Yorkshire Police has thanked the people of Leeds for their support following today’s demonstrations in the city centre.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Milsom, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “The significant planning and partnership work alongside Leeds City Council prior to today’s demonstration has resulted in a successful and professional policing operation.

“I am proud of the way the people of Leeds responded, which made sure that the event passed peacefully and with minimal disruption.

“I would also personally like to thank all those who have worked to bring about this positive conclusion.”