EDL supporters march through the streets of Rotherham

Hundreds of EDL supporters are gathered in Rotherham in full voice ahead of a huge demonstration in the wake of the child abuse sex scandal which has rocked the town.

Unconfirmed reports suggest three arrests have already been made and demonstrators have smashed metal barriers and thrown them at police.

EDL march in Rotherham

EDL march in Rotherham

The march through the streets to Rotherham’s Main Street police station is in the wake of a report which revealed 1,400 children were abused in the town by largely Pakistani men over a 16 year period.

Police and council officials failed to take action because of sensitivities around the ethnicity of the offenders.

Hundreds of police officers, many in riot gear, are on duty in the town to monitor the crowds.

The police helicopter is flying around the town.

EDL march in Rotherham

EDL march in Rotherham

Fireworks are being set off by some protesters, narrowly missing people.

EDL supporters from across the country have arrived in the town to take part in the demonstration - one of the EDL’s largest for years.

Police officers from across the UK, including the Met, have been drafted in to bolster numbers.

Traders in the town have reported a slump in business, but others have refused to close.