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EDL Stoke-on-Trent rally's 10,000 council bill

English Defence League rally
More than 600 officers were deployed to keep order

The cost to Stoke-on-Trent City Council of last month's English Defence League (EDL) rally has been estimated at more than £10,000.

Three people were charged with racially or religiously-aggravated disorder offences following the event on Saturday, 23 January.

Stoke-on-Trent City Council said the bulk of its costs were managing the roads on the day, at more than £8,000.

The costs to Staffordshire Police are expected to be much higher.

About 1,500 EDL supporters protested against Islamic extremism in the Hanley area. Unite Against Fascism held a counter rally.

Seventeen EDL protesters were arrested.

Staffordshire Police said more than 600 officers had been deployed to ensure public safety.



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