Slough: EDL Demonstration
2 February 2014, 07:01
Two police officers are recovering from facial and leg injuries after policing two demonstrations involving arund 600 people in Slough
Four arrests were made for public order offences during the march by the English Defence League and an opposing group.
The English Defence League announced plans in Slough from 1pm on Saturday 1st February 2014 earlier this month, with opposing groups also gathering there from 11am.
It is estimated that between 500 to 600 people took part in both demonstration with a small amount of disorder breaking out in the town centre.
Local Area Commander Simon Bowden told Heart more than a hundred officers will be policing it: "For a planned protest or demonstration, there needs to be a 7 day notice period to the police before it takes place. There has been notification for this one in Slough, but no notification or intelligence to suggest it's going to spread to other parts of the Thames Valley."
Thames Valley Police worked with Slough Borough Council and other community groups, to deal with the demonstrations carried out by the English Defence League (EDL) and a counter-demonstration group.
The route of the EDL march took them from Slough train station, along Brunel Way, crossing the A4 and down William Street and onto the High Street between 1pm and 4pm.
The counter-demonstration took place in Salt Hill Park from 11am to 4pm.