Halifax targeted by the EDL

EDL gather for rally at Old Post Office pub, Winding Road, Halifax
EDL gather for rally at Old Post Office pub, Winding Road, Halifax
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A demonstration by right-wing group the EDL in Halifax saw six people arrested.

West Yorkshire Police and Calderdale Council thanked residents and businesses for their support after Saturday’s demonstration in the town centre.

Up to 150 EDL members marched from The Old Post Office public house and then took part in a short demonstration outside Northgate House. During the march there was some disorder on the part of a minority of the protestors. In total six arrests were made for offences including breach of the peace, racially aggravated public disorder and indecent exposure.

Neighbourhood officers and Council staff were present throughout the day in Halifax to keep residents informed and offer reassurance. Support was also provided throughout the operation by British Transport Police.

Calderdale District Commander Chief Superintendent Dickie Whitehead said: “Together with our partners, we have well-rehearsed plans in place for dealing with these kind of events and the planning that has gone in to today’s demonstration has ensured that it has passed off with no significant issues. This has been helped no end by the co-operation and support of local residents and businesses.