Lincolnshire

National Front rally in Grantham sees two arrests

Grantham demo Image copyright Ella Murphy
Image caption About 30 National Front supporters took part in the rally in Grantham on Saturday

Two people have been arrested after trouble flared between National Front supporters and an anti-fascist group.

About 30 supporters of the right-wing group marched through Grantham in Lincolnshire on Saturday.

They were met by a counter-protest organised by members of the Midland Anti-Fascist Network.

One arrest was in connection with an assault on a police officer, while the other was for a public order offence, Lincolnshire Police said.

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Image copyright Ella Murphy
Image caption Police made two arrests during clashes

The town's Conservative MP Nick Boles condemned members of the National Front for marching in Grantham.

He said the views of the "pathetic few" did not represent local people.

But he added: "This is a free country, and even idiots have a legal right to protest."

National Front press officer Richard Edmonds described the event as "another successful march and public rally".

Ch Insp Simon Outen, of Lincolnshire Police, said the force had dealt with an "isolated pocket of disorder".

He said one of the two arrested people has since been charged with assaulting a police officer.

The force has also published details about how the event was policed in a bid to reassure local people who may have felt unsafe.

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