Marches pass off without incident

Residents join in the Unite Against Fascism Northeast counter-march against the English Defence League's demonstration in North Shields. Picture by Mark Husmann.

Residents join in the Unite Against Fascism Northeast counter-march against the English Defence League's demonstration in North Shields. Picture by Mark Husmann.

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Protesters have been praised after two demonstrations passed without incident.

Around 90 members of the English Defence League held a rally in Northumberland Square, North Shields, on Saturday, August 1.

And at the same time, around 300 people took part in a counter-march organised by Unite Against Fascism, which started at North Tyneside Magistrates Court and headed to Northumberland Square.

There was an increased police presence, with officers praising both sides and members of the community who continued to use businesses in the town.

Superintendent David Felton said: “Both events passed smoothly without any serious incident and disruption was kept to a minimum.

“I would like to thank the local community and those who came into the town to visit shops, pubs and other attractions in the area for their patience and cooperation.”

Simon Hall, of North Tyneside People’s Assembly who were among those supporting the Unite Against Fascism, said: “We were pleased to support this initiative.

“It was great to see so many people from all sorts of backgrounds out on the day.

“It’s vital we challenge the EDL myths about asylum seekers, immigrants and Muslims, and we will do the same again if needed.”