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Britain First and anti-racist groups demonstrate in Telford - as it happened

We brought you live updates from Telford, where Britain First and anti-racism counter-protesters were demonstrating this afternoon.


Three people from the counter-protest group were arrested after disorder broke out while around 150 Britain First demonstrators were marching through the town.

The far-right protest began around an hour late at 2pm when the Britain First group headed from Telford Central train station to Darby House.

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Clockwise from left: A Britain First and Donald Trump supporter, counter-protesters and the deputy leader and leader of Britain First in Telford. Photos: John Kennett

The organisers said they were demonstrating in Telford due to 'Muslim grooming gangs' in the area.

After the march there were speeches, which finished shortly before 4pm, when the Britain First group moved left the car park, moved around Addenbrooke House via Ironmasters Way and back to Telford Central station.

Meanwhile anti-fascist and anti-racism activists, several of whom were dressed in balaclavas, held their own counter-demonstration at Addenbrooke House.

Three of these counter-protesters were arrested by West Mercia Police and remain in police custody.

A 29 year-old man from Selly Oak, Birmingham, was arrested on suspicion of a breach of Section 14 of the Public Order Act; a 64-year-old man from Telford was arrested on suspicion of breach of the peace and a 27-year-old man from Gloucester was arrested on suspicion of affray, after a woman in her 50s was injured by a missile. She received medical treatment at the scene and has since been discharged.

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