English Defence League protest planned in Farnworth on Bank Holiday Monday
7:00am Friday 23rd August 2013 in Bolton
THE English Defence League will be staging a demonstration in Farnworth Park on Bank Holiday Monday.
A counter demonstration by United Against Fascism is also expected, with Greater Manchester Police due to stage what it called “an appropriate and proportionate policing operation”.
Both protests are expected to start at 1pm and police said they are working in cooperation with Bolton Council to ensure the day passes peacefully.
Bolton Chief Superintendent David Hull said: "I understand people living and working in the Farnworth community may have concerns and that is why Greater Manchester Police, working hand in hand with Bolton Council, will have an appropriate and proportionate policing operation in place during the demonstration.
“Our primary aim is to ensure the event passes peacefully and also to ensure residents and businesses see as little disruption as possible.
"Feelings do run high during protests and while people have a lawful right to express their views, we will always take action should there be anti-social behaviour, disorder or any other evidence of criminality and if people do set out to cause trouble, they will be dealt with.
"Greater Manchester Police is very experienced at dealing with these protests and we will have a robust policing plan in place on Monday.
“We have excellent relationships with the communities of Bolton and Farnworth and with their continued support for our operation this Monday we can ensure the demonstration passes peacefully."
Bolton Council’s chief executive Sean Harriss, added: “The council is working closely with the police and representatives of the local community to ensure that demonstration in Farnworth passes off safely and peacefully.
“We will be in touch with local businesses and residents so they understand what will happen on the day and reassure them that we are taking the necessary steps to achieve this.”