Fireworks let off and bottles thrown in EDL march

Police content after far-right march and counter demonstration in Middlesbrough result in just two arrests

The anti-EDL demonstration passes down Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough

The EDL demonstration in front of Teesside law courts

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TWO men have been arrested following a demonstration by the far-right English Defence League on the streets of Middlesbrough today (Saturday).

About 400 people travelled from as far afield as London and Scotland to take part in the march, and more than 300 police officers were involved in the operation to keep the streets safe.

Bottles were thrown and some fireworks set off but otherwise the march passed without major incident.

A counter demonstration by the Teesside Solidarity Movement, with about 150 people involved, and music and drumming, took place this morning ahead of the EDL march at 2pm this afternoon.

The anti-EDL demonstration marched down Linthorpe Road and finished with speeches in the town centre.

EDL’s protest march started outside the Pig Iron pub on Corporation Road and went down Albert Road and Borough Road before speeches were made in front of the lake outside Teesside Combined Court Centre and the Bottle of Notes.

The march was temporarily halted due to a firework exploding.

One man was arrested in the morning on suspicion of possessing an offensive weapon, and another during the march on suspicion of assaulting a police officer. Both remained in custody this afternoon.

Acting Assistant Chief Constable Ciaron Irvine said: “The role of Cleveland Police today has been to facilitate a peaceful protest and fortunately this has been the case, although there have been two arrests.

“Clearly there has been some disruption in Middlesbrough town centre to allow these demonstrations to take place, and we are grateful to local residents and businesses for their co-operation.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “I attended one of the briefings to police officers this morning and have been out around the town centre observing activities. The whole operation has been well planned and in consultation with our local communities and businesses.

“Clearly the priority for the police today has been to facilitate each demonstration while ensuring the safety of the public and I am pleased that the day has passed off peacefully.”

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7:11pm Sat 28 Jun 14

behonest says...

"One man was arrested ..... during the march on suspicion of assaulting a police officer."

I wonder what the truth is here? Has someone really just assaulted a police officer for no reason, or has there been some provocation or 'winding up' by a cop? I don't know, was anybody there and witness it?
"One man was arrested ..... during the march on suspicion of assaulting a police officer." I wonder what the truth is here? Has someone really just assaulted a police officer for no reason, or has there been some provocation or 'winding up' by a cop? I don't know, was anybody there and witness it? behonest
  • Score: -7

10:09pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Longbowman666 says...

Once again the mighty masses of the EDL were mustered for this march, and they came from so far and wide across the length and breadth of the country.

All 400 of them...wow, such an amazing amount of knuckle-draggers in one place. What happened to the rest of them? Ah yes, too busy getting boozed up and watching re-runs of the World Cup before going home to beat up the missus 'cos England lost out.

And if you put all 400 together, I bet you still wouldn't be able to light a 1 watt light bulb,
Once again the mighty masses of the EDL were mustered for this march, and they came from so far and wide across the length and breadth of the country. All 400 of them...wow, such an amazing amount of knuckle-draggers in one place. What happened to the rest of them? Ah yes, too busy getting boozed up and watching re-runs of the World Cup before going home to beat up the missus 'cos England lost out. And if you put all 400 together, I bet you still wouldn't be able to light a 1 watt light bulb, Longbowman666
  • Score: 11

10:13pm Sat 28 Jun 14

Robert_ says...

Do I detect the Northern Echo is a bit disappointed by only 2 arrests? Have a feeling you had all your 'ace' reporters on the scene... what a waste..
Do I detect the Northern Echo is a bit disappointed by only 2 arrests? Have a feeling you had all your 'ace' reporters on the scene... what a waste.. Robert_
  • Score: 9

2:24am Sun 29 Jun 14

darloboss says...

Robert_ wrote:
Do I detect the Northern Echo is a bit disappointed by only 2 arrests? Have a feeling you had all your 'ace' reporters on the scene... what a waste..
stop it the ace reporter was at darlington carnival blindfolded and writing from a script
[quote][p][bold]Robert_[/bold] wrote: Do I detect the Northern Echo is a bit disappointed by only 2 arrests? Have a feeling you had all your 'ace' reporters on the scene... what a waste..[/p][/quote]stop it the ace reporter was at darlington carnival blindfolded and writing from a script darloboss
  • Score: 3

9:25am Sun 29 Jun 14

johnny_p says...

Don't you just love The Echo? Quick to condemn "the far right" (and rightly so), but glowing admiration for "the far left" Miner's Association Marches with their Communist banners.

You have to pay for a copy of Viz- the Echo website is free.
Don't you just love The Echo? Quick to condemn "the far right" (and rightly so), but glowing admiration for "the far left" Miner's Association Marches with their Communist banners. You have to pay for a copy of Viz- the Echo website is free. johnny_p
  • Score: -2

3:17pm Sun 29 Jun 14

LUSTARD says...

Longbowman666 wrote:
Once again the mighty masses of the EDL were mustered for this march, and they came from so far and wide across the length and breadth of the country.

All 400 of them...wow, such an amazing amount of knuckle-draggers in one place. What happened to the rest of them? Ah yes, too busy getting boozed up and watching re-runs of the World Cup before going home to beat up the missus 'cos England lost out.

And if you put all 400 together, I bet you still wouldn't be able to light a 1 watt light bulb,
or hit a wand from 10 foot
[quote][p][bold]Longbowman666[/bold] wrote: Once again the mighty masses of the EDL were mustered for this march, and they came from so far and wide across the length and breadth of the country. All 400 of them...wow, such an amazing amount of knuckle-draggers in one place. What happened to the rest of them? Ah yes, too busy getting boozed up and watching re-runs of the World Cup before going home to beat up the missus 'cos England lost out. And if you put all 400 together, I bet you still wouldn't be able to light a 1 watt light bulb,[/p][/quote]or hit a wand from 10 foot LUSTARD
  • Score: -3

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