EDL banned from boroughs

By Giles Broadbent on October 26, 2012 12:16 PM |

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The right-wing English Defence League has been banned from marching in a number of London boroughs, including Tower Hamlets and Newham, for 30 days.

Policing minister Damian Green has agreed to the Metropolitan Police request for the ban to stop public disorder ahead of a series of planned marches.

He said: "Having carefully considered the legal tests and balanced rights to protest against the need to ensure local communities and property are protected, I have given my consent to a ban.

"I know the Metropolitan Police are committed to using their powers to ensure communities and properties are protected."

Chief Supt Peter Terry said: "We have made this decision based on specific intelligence and information, and our message is clear - we do not want people coming into the areas to attend these events."

It follows pre-emptive arrests made recently when EDL were targeting a mosque in Whitechapel.