Bradford

Two charged after EDL and UAF demos in Bradford

Police and EDL supporters in Bradford
Image caption Police from 14 forces were involved in the operation to contain the demonstrators

Two men are facing charges, three have been fined and eight people have been bailed after two rival demonstrations in West Yorkshire.

The right-wing English Defence League (EDL) and its Unite Against Fascism (UAF) opponents held separate protests in Bradford on Saturday.

Fourteen protesters were arrested after several skirmishes broke out.

Police said a 37-year-old Bradford man and a 23-year-old Walsall man had been charged over the incidents.

The Bradford man is charged with possessing an offensive weapon and has been bailed to appear at the city's magistrates' court on 8 September.

The Walsall man has been charged with a public order offence and has been bailed to appear at Leeds Magistrates' Court on 6 December.

Six-figure cost

Six men - five from Bradford and one from Wakefield - and two youths from Bradford have been released on bail while inquiries continue.

They were arrested on suspicion of offences including wounding, violent disorder and criminal damage.

A 42-year-old Wolverhampton man, a 23-year-old man from Birmingham and a 24-year-old man from Halifax were released from custody after being issued with fixed penalty notices for disorder.

A 32-year-old Bradford man was arrested on suspicion of assault and later released without charge.

The cost of policing the demonstrations is expected to be "several hundred thousand pounds", police said on Sunday.

Hundreds of officers from West Yorkshire Police were supported by colleagues from 13 other forces during the operation to keep the groups apart.

Police contained several hundred EDL supporters behind a temporary barricade in the city's Urban Gardens as about 300 people gathered for an event hosted by UAF about half a mile away at the Crown Court Plaza.

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