BNP arrests during mosque protest

Far-right extremists were arrested at a protests held by the British National Party in Rotherham.

The BNP held a demonstration against a new mosque in the area. Around 50 people gathered on Thornhill Recreation Ground in the town next to a former B&Q store.

Whilst a counter-protest was held by United Against Fascism on College Road.

Sixty extra police officers were drafted in to oversee the demonstrations. Section 27 dispersal orders – forcing people to leave a particular area for 48 hours – were issued to seven BNP protesters. Two people were arrested for breaching their orders.

Chief Superintendent Jason Harwin, from South Yorkshire Police, said the demonstrations “passed with very little disruption and no disorder.

“Resident in Rotherham were able to go about their usual business and I would like to thank everyone for their co-operation.”

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