VIDEO: No arrests as latest EDL march through Rotherham passes peacefully

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Today’s English Defence League march through Rotherham passed ‘without disruption or disorder’, police have said.

Around 100 EDL members returned to the town again this afternoon - marching from the railway station to Rotherham Council headquarters Riverside House.

EDL members march through Rotherham

EDL members march through Rotherham

In wet weather, the group was kept away from the town centre, where a counter-demonstration by Unite Against Fascism attracted around 30 people.

Some of the EDL members had been in Leeds earlier in the day for a linked protest about child sexual exploitation issues in Yorkshire.

Around 60 extra police officers were on duty around the town for the protests.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “A demonstration by the English Defence League and counter demonstration by United Against Facism in Rotherham have passed peacefully.

“Around 100 EDL members came to the town today and held speeches on Main Street.

“A counter protest by around 25 UAF members was held in Rotherham town centre.

“The groups dispersed at around 2.30pm and the event passed without disruption or disorder.

“Around 60 police officers were on duty in the town to ensure the safety of the public and those taking part in the protests.

“Officers overseeing the policing of the event would like to thank the public of Rotherham and those taking part for their co-operation.”

*Full story in Monday’s Star