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11 July 2011, 09:16
Seven men were arrested during a protest by The English Defence League and counter-demonstration in Cambridge on Saturday.
More than 650 officers from six forces including Cambridgeshire, Warwickshire, Essex, MOD, City of London, Suffolk and Leicestershire, policed the demonstrations.
The day started with a counter-protest by Unite Against Facism and the Trade Union Council, followed by The English Defence League's march.
Seven men were arrested during the day.
Inspector Robin Sissons said: "Cambridge residents are familiar with and generally supportive of protest activity and this was evident on Saturday.
Their tolerance combined with the joint operation by police and partner agencies meant the protests were largely peaceful with only minor disorder and some minor disruption to residents, visitors and businesses in the city.
The well-established community and partnership-based relationships were also particularly beneficial in planning for, and during, the operation.
It was heartening to hear that members of the community who reported tension before the protests, then praised the tone and nature of the policing operation after it was complete."