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Four due in court over city demos

Police cordon (photo by Adam Gray)
A police cordon was formed around the EDL supporters in City Square

Four people are due in court on Monday after being arrested during a major police operation to keep apart two rival demonstrations in Leeds.

A 25-year-old woman and three men, aged 22, 30 and 45, were charged with public order offences after Saturday's events.

About 900 English Defence League (EDL) supporters staged a protest against Islamic extremism in City Square.

Meanwhile a rival protest of up to 1,500 Unite Against Fascism (UAF) supporters took place about 300m away.

West Yorkshire Police and Leeds City Council issued a joint statement saying the operation involving hundreds of officers had been "very successful".

Public praised

A total of nine people were arrested in connection with the demonstrations.

Two men, aged 48 and 19, and a 38-year-old woman, who were all arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause violent disorder and GBH, have been released on police bail pending further inquiries.

One man was released without charge and another was issued with a fixed penalty notice for being drunk and disorderly.

There were no reports of any injuries after the biggest demonstration in West Yorkshire for several years.

The police and Leeds City Council "thanked the public and participants of the two demonstrations in Leeds for their patience and consideration in what they view as a very successful policing operation".

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Gilmore, who led the policing operation, said: "The intention of the policing and council operation was to enable those with differing views to be able to express them peacefully and for the people of Leeds to go about their business safely.

"We are pleased with the way things have gone.

"A great deal of West Yorkshire Police and Leeds City Council time was invested in planning and negotiations and we believe that investment paid off in the peaceful outcome."



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