Ten arrests after march in Rotherham

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Ten people have been arrested following a right wing march of around 150 people in Rotherham town centre.

The march, yesterday, was a protest against Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council’s attempts to get further marches banned and restrictions imposed.

The arrests include a range of offences including breach of the peace, drunk and disorderly and possession with intent to supply class B drugs. They are currently in custody.

A number of dispersal notices were also issued.

There was no damage and no injuries however two people attended hospital with breathing difficulties.

South Yorkshire Police’s Gold Commander Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin said: ”It has been another challenging day for Rotherham and a challenging day for all of the officers involved.

“We are acutely aware of the impact such marches have on the residents of Rotherham. Whilst we will respect everyone’s right to a peaceful protest, today demonstrates that when that protest stops being peaceful and moves into criminal activity we will take the necessary action.”