Five arrested over far-right attack in Liverpool city centre

Four men and a teenager have been arrested after people attending a Liverpool anti-fascism event were attacked.

Four men, aged 21, 24, 30 and 52 were detained after the North West Counter Terrorism Unit raided homes in Liverpool, Southport and Blackburn.

A 17-year-old boy is also being held.

Police said three members of an anti-fascist group were kicked and punched on 6 July by about 10 men from an extreme far-right group on Bold Street.

All five, arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit violent disorder, are being questioned following the morning raids, supported by Merseyside and Lancashire officers.

Det Supt Mark Smith, of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, said there was "no specific threat" in connection with the arrests.

He said: "These arrests are part of an investigation into pre-planned disorder that resulted in a number of victims receiving minor injuries.

"As part of the NWCTU's remit, we investigate domestic extremism, which is an unlawful action that can be part of a protest or campaign."

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