Eleven arrested at Rochdale EDL protest

EDL protest in Rochdale
Image caption About 400 members of the EDL protested in Rochdale

Eleven people have been arrested for public order offences during a protest in Rochdale by the English Defence League (EDL), police said.

About 400 EDL supporters were at the demo, which followed the conviction of a group of men of Pakistani and Afghan origin for child-grooming offences.

There was a heavy police presence with some 500 officers on duty.

Greater Manchester Police's Ch Supt John O'Hare said 11 arrests was "not uncommon for an event of that size".

He added: "I do think it is testament to the organisers themselves who worked with us to ensure the event passed off as peacefully as possible."

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