Far right members to join Luton protest


By Laura Jones

MORE than 100 members of a far right group will travel from Chester to Luton tomorrow to join in an anti-Islamic protest.

Two coaches will leave from the city on Saturday, February 5, carrying protesters from the Chester Division of the English Defence League to take part in a protest in

St George’s Square, in the Bedfordshire town.

The group will be opposed by a counter protest organised by Unite Against Fascism.

Fears have been raised in Luton about potential violence on the day, however Chief Supt Mike Colbourne, who is the divisional commander for Luton has moved to reassure residents.

Bedfordshire Police will be assisted on the day by a number of officers from neighbouring forces who will be equipped with protective helmets. There will be large teams of police horses and dogs, and fencing used to assist in crowd control.

Chief Supt Colbourne said: “Uniformed officers from forces around the country are supporting Bedfordshire Police in policing this event so that everyone who comes into town on Saturday – whether a protestor or a worker or a shopper – feels safe to get on with their day.

“Luton will look very different to normal, and there will be some traffic problems, but the officers, their dogs and horses are all there with the same purpose – to look after the town.”

Luton Borough Council leader, Hazel Simmons said: “It’s going to be a challenging day and I’m sure that many people, including myself, would rather this event was not coming to Luton.”

See full story in the Chester Leader

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