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Protest bill 'could top 250,000'

Police cordon (photo by Adam Gray)
More than 2,000 people attended the two demonstrations

Policing two rival demonstrations in Leeds could have cost more than £250,000, a senior West Yorkshire police officer has said.

Ch Supt Mark Milsom was speaking after Saturday's protests by the English Defence League and Unite against Fascism.

"It is important for us that nobody was hurt and that the community felt safe," he said.

Four people were arrested during Saturday's event.

About 900 English Defence League (EDL) supporters staged a protest against Islamic extremism in City Square, as a rival protest by up to 1,500 Unite Against Fascism (UAF) supporters took place about 300m away.

West Yorkshire Police and Leeds City Council said the operation involving hundreds of officers had been "very successful".



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