Councillor asks police to get English Defence League demonstration in Grantham banned

Coun Ray Wootten.
Coun Ray Wootten.
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A Grantham district councillor has called upon Lincolnshire Police to ask Home Secretary Theresa May to ban a demonstration by the English Defence League in the town next weekend.

But the police told Coun Ray Wootten that they would not contact Mrs May and would police the demonstration on February 22 instead.

Coun Wootten, who is also chairman of Grantham East Neighbourhood Policing Team and a South Kesteven representative on the Lincolnshire Police and Crime Panel, said he had received a reply from Lincolnshire Police, saying the situation would be policed “with enough manpower to ensure the people of Grantham can go about their daily business”.

A group calling itself Grantham Town EDL is due to protest in the town from 1pm, against plans to build an Islamic community centre in Mowbeck Way, off Alexandra Road.

Coun Wootten has also condemned plans for a counter demonstration, organised by Grantham man John Morgan, which will gather on St Peter’s Hill at 11am, aiming to keep the EDL protesters away from the town centre.

Coun Wootten said a counter protest would only “aggravate” the situation. He added: “Those who are considering this counter demonstration should reconsider their decision as it may well inflame the situation and will not be helpful.”