Today’s English Defence League protest in Grantham has passed peacefully thus far.
Demonstrating against the proposed Muslim community centre in Mowbeck Way, the group estimated to be around 150 by police made their way from the Blue Bull public house and up Wharf Road at 1.30pm, assembling on St Peter’s Hill for a static rally.
Around 700-800 members of the public witnessed the demonstration at which four speakers addressed the crowd. Speakers included ‘English Tommy’ and mixed race protester Naomi (who spoke to Journal editor Paul Richardson prior to the march in an earlier story on our website).
Naomi’s speech was interruped by a minor kerfuffle in the crowd.
A counter-demonstration at the top of Castlegate by the Grantham Solidarity Network also passed peacefully, with 100 members cordoned off behind barriers designed to separate the opposing parties.
Another group of around 20 counter-demonstrators were also in attendance.
The EDL rally began to break up at 2.30pm with a still strong police presence escorting the marchers back to the Blue Bull.