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Extra police drafted in for 'radical Islam' protest

Police are gearing up for a major operation to stop any violence during a planned protest against "radical Islam" in Nottingham on Saturday.

Dozens of extra officers are being drafted in to police the city centre event organised by the English Defence League (EDL).

A counter-protest will be held at the same time by Unite Against Fascism.

The demonstrations are planned to take place hours after a homecoming parade by the Mercian Regiment.

Ch Supt Shaun Beebe said: "We are preparing a significant but proportionate policing operation, which will use a range of tactics and see highly visible officers deployed across the city centre.

"We will endeavour to facilitate peaceful protest, while ensuring visitors to Nottingham are allowed to go about their normal business in a safe manner."

Jon Collins, leader of Nottingham City Council, said: "Our first aim is to ensure that Nottingham is open for business as usual for visitors, shoppers, workers and businesses."

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