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Home Secretary bans Bradford march

Theresa May and the local council have decided that a demonstration by the English Defence League may not go ahead.

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Approving an order by Bradford City Council, she said that the march, planned for 28 August, should be banned in the interests of public safety.

March could undermine public order

A spokesperson for the Home Office said: ‘Having carefully balanced rights to protest against the need to ensure local communities and property are protected, the Home Secretary today gave her consent to a Bradford Council Order banning any marches in the city over the bank holiday weekend.

‘West Yorkshire Police are committed to using their powers to ensure communities and property are protected and we encourage all local people to work with the police to ensure community cohesion is not undermined by public disorder.’

Despite the ban, groups could still hold static demonstrations in the city.

Read the full letter from Crime Prevention Minister James Brokenshire.


Published 20 August 2010