This live event has finished
- Dozens are expected at a rally organised by North West Infidels (NWI), a right wing splinter group from the English Defence League.
- Campaigners are protesting against plans for a large new mosque in Astley Bridge, which was approved by Bolton Council last month.
- Greater Manchester Association of Trades Union Councils has organised a counter-protest on the same road.
- A large number of police are attending the protest.
With all the North West Infidels on buses & the crowds dispersing, we've left the protest. Heading back to the office now to write up a full report. Thanks everyone for following.
Last few of the 'infidel' protestors leaving now
Protestors now coming off the coaches. Overhead one North West Infidel vowing to come back to the site tonight.
Fourth bus load getting on. BNP member Bryn Morgan milling about too - he refused to speak to me earlier when I asked for comment about the demonstration
Met up with my photographer Richard who watched one of the North west Infidels being arrested. She was carted away in a police van.
Lots of people out also asking about the cost of today's protest - that's something we endeavour to find out
Blackburn Road has been closed off for more than an hour while this protest was being carried out. It's our understanding the council had only agreed to shut the small road next to the Mosque.
The 'Infidels' are holding up 'No More Mosque' posters at the side of the bus - and one popped up through the sun roof to give a two-fingered salute
Police officers standing shoulder to shoulder between the two groups
Coaches are now making their way up Blackburn Road to take North West Infidels away. Lots of jeering from the opposite side.
I'm not going to tweet word for word what the North West Infidels are saying, because it's pretty vile (that's my opinion). Suffice to say there's not a lot being said about the Astley Bridge mosque.
EDL member Bryn Morgan speaking to the protestors
Narrowly missed an egg thrown from the anti-fascist side.. can't tell if it was directed at me & photographer Richard or the police!
More shouts from the anti-fascist demonstrators, still clutching the St George's Flags
A BNP banner is being held up which says "Stop Paedophile Rings"
Now everyone's in their pens, we thought there would be speeches but nothing so far. Overheard one bobby saying "It's all a bit disorganised, really"
Spoken to one police officer who has been drafted in from Leeds to cover today's protest. There's literally hundreds of police officers here.
Asian lads on the anti-fascist side are chanting 'England', while holding a St George's flag, and 'Nazis off our streets'
In case anyone's forgotten, here are the mosque plans that sparked this demo.
Elaine here, me and my photograher have been moved from the centre after fireworks were thrown at the police line. Atmosphere is very tense.
This was the reaction of some right wing activists when the mosque plans were approved.
This is the poster that the North West Infidels have been circulating online over the last few weeks to promote the demo.
Lots of police here
Coaches full of protestors now been dropped off on Blackburn Road, Astley Bridge #northwestinfidels http://t.co/KHD5ZBTY4T— @BNelaineoflynn 02 August 2014
More police - seems like half of GMP are here. Shouts of 'Nazi Scum' getting louder http://t.co/tgWql6XSEq— @BNelaineoflynn 02 August 2014
Coaches of North West Infidels protestors now making their way slowly to the Mosque site http://t.co/qaDxyIk3ft— @BNelaineoflynn 02 August 2014
Here's the North West Infidels - the formal rally is due to start any minute now http://t.co/gUf7l9gtVB— @BNelaineoflynn 02 August 2014
"it's a diverse community, I live in Astley Bridge & we don't want it spoiled by these racists coming to town for their own political ends"— @BNelaineoflynn 02 August 2014
Chris Chilton from Bolton Against Racism said he "deplores" today's demonstration, organised by the North West Infidels— @BNelaineoflynn 02 August 2014
TUC & Bolton Against Racism campaigners greatly outnumber the "Stop The Astley Bridge Mosque" protestors— @BNelaineoflynn 02 August 2014
I'm at Astley Bridge for the anti-mosque protest, which is being protested by anti-fascist demonstrators shouting "Nazi scum"— @BNelaineoflynn 02 August 2014
Big police presence in Bolton town centre today as the North West Infidels hold an anti-Mosque demo in Astley Bridge— @BNelaineoflynn 02 August 2014