Seven arrested in Dewsbury protests

Seven arrested in Dewsbury protests

SEVEN people were arrested during a protest march in Dewsbury on Saturday.

Hundreds of West Yorkshire Police officers were deployed to the town centre for a demonstration which was staged by the ‘Yorkshire Patriots’ group.

Members of Kirklees Stand Up To Racism and Unite Against Fascism were also in the area taking part in a counter-protest.

A group of around 50 Yorkshire Patriots were escorted to an area on Longcauseway near Dewsbury Town Hall at 1pm following their march into the centre, where they listened to speeches about grooming gangs, Brexit and immigration.

Some protestors clashed with police as they escorted them back to buses to be driven away following the march. One man had to be restrained by officers.

The counter-demonstration displayed signs saying “Stand up to racism” and “From the Pennines to the sea, Yorkshire will be fascist free”.

A West Yorkshire Police statement said: “The protests passed off without major incident with only a handful (seven) arrests made – mainly on suspicion of minor public order offences.”

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