‘Counter-protest will create a battleground on the streets of Grantham’ says councillor

Councillor Ian Selby
Councillor Ian Selby
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A district councillor has condemned the actions of those organising a counter-protest in Grantham later this month.

The Journal broke the news online yesterday (Monday) that John Morgan, husband of Labour district and county councillor Charmaine Morgan, is organising a demonstration on St Peter’s Hill against a protest by the English Defence League, which opposes the building of an Islamic Community Centre in Mowbeck Way, Grantham.

But Councillor Ian Selby has reacted in horror and believes any counter-protest, planned for Saturday, February 22, would be “playing into the hands of the EDL”, and could see women and children getting seriously hurt if protests turn violent.

He added: “I think it’s a horrendous idea. It’s downright stupidity and will create a battleground on the streets of Grantham. This is a matter for the police.

“We don’t want this on our doorstep, we want to be protecting our people and our community.

“I don’t think the Morgans know what they are doing – there’s potential here for clashes in the streets.”