A planned protest march by the English Defence League (EDL) and counter-protestors, will take place in Worcester TODAY. (Saturday, Sept 1).

Key representatives from Worcester City Council, Worcestershire County Council and Worcester Bid have been working together, along with the Police and Crime Commissioner and Worcester’s communities, ahead of the event to mitigate the risks of increased tension and to reassure people that the city remains united – a safe place to live, work and socialise.

Chief Superintendent Mark Travis, of West Mercia Police, said: “Police and partners have been working with all groups over the last month to maximise the safety for all concerned. The community have been clear they are opposed to the EDL demonstration. We are working within the law to balance the rights and views of all groups.

“Proportionate, sensible and equitable restrictions have been put in place to ensure that peaceful protest can be undertaken.

“Protestors supporting the EDL will meet in Angel Place and walk to their Assembly point in the Cornmarket and the counter EDL demonstrators (those opposed to the EDL) will meet at Hill Street Car Park and walk to their assembly point in Silver Street car park. The groups will not come together, but will be able to vocally protest in close proximity of each other.”

Chief Superintendent continued: “We are seeking to ensure disruptions to businesses and visitors is minimised on the day. Worcester has many family focused events on Saturday including the remarkable Fields of Battle exhibition in Cathedral Square and free family films in CrownGate.

“Worcester will be open for business as usual.”

Police will keep you updated throughout the day with regular Twitter updates on our account @WMerciaPolice @CsuptMarkTravis and regular Facebook updates on our account @westmerciapolice and website updates on https://www.westmercia.police.uk/