BBC NEWS Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South North Midlands/East West/South-West London/South
BBCi NEWS   SPORT   WEATHER   WORLD SERVICE   A-Z INDEX     

BBC News World Edition
 You are in: UK: England  
News Front Page
Africa
Americas
Asia-Pacific
Europe
Middle East
South Asia
UK
England
N Ireland
Scotland
Wales
Politics
Education
Business
Entertainment
Science/Nature
Technology
Health
-------------
Talking Point
-------------
Country Profiles
In Depth
-------------
Programmes
-------------
BBC Sport
BBC Weather
SERVICES
-------------
EDITIONS
Friday, 16 November, 2001, 17:01 GMT
National Front march banned
National Front supporter
Community leaders united against the planned march
A planned march by the National Front through Peterborough has been banned by Home Secretary, David Blunkett.

Police and the city council applied for the banning order after fears that it could lead to unrest and disorder in the city.

The National Front had planned the march for Saturday, 24 November.


We will not tolerate those intent on causing disruption within our own communities

Tom Rodulson, Westwood Residents' Association
The ban, which came into force on Friday, is effective for the next three months.

Community leaders from Peterborough meeting on Thursday had discussed issues surrounding the NF's notification of its intention to march.

Police Inspector David Brooks, community race relations officer, said: "We looked very carefully at the application made to us.

"Balancing the needs of the community against the rights of individuals to protests, we made a considered approach to have the march banned."

'United front'

City councillor Michael Burton said: "The council and the police are united in our efforts to ensure Peterborough remains a safe, friendly place to live for everyone."

Tom Rodulson, of Westwood Residents' Association, said: "The message is one of a united front.

"We will not tolerate those intent on causing disruption within our own communities.

"We call upon everyone living, working and visiting Peterborough to help us all achieve that."

Summer marches

During the summer the home secretary banned proposed NF marches in Birmingham, Oldham, Bradford, Burnley and Blackburn amid race fears.

A Home Office spokeswoman said: "The banning orders are there to prevent serious public disorder and serious disruption for the life of local communities.

"This order was made by local authority on the advice of police."

The NF has recently moved its headquarters to nearby Leicester, according to its website.

It claims to have had an upsurge in members, especially in the Midlands, since the General Election in June.


Click here to go to Cambridgeshire
Internet links:


The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more England stories are at the foot of the page.


E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more England stories

© BBC ^^ Back to top

News Front Page | Africa | Americas | Asia-Pacific | Europe | Middle East |
South Asia | UK | Business | Entertainment | Science/Nature |
Technology | Health | Talking Point | Country Profiles | In Depth |
Programmes