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Fourteen arrests and missiles thrown during Bristol demo

  • 14 July 2012
  • From the section Bristol

Missiles have been thrown and 14 people arrested during two demonstrations in Bristol.

Some 300 supporters of the English Defence League (EDL) marched from Redcliffe Wharf to Queen Square.

A counter demonstration at the same time by We are Bristol took place at Castle Park.

Avon and Somerset Police said "some missiles have been thrown" but they were now scaling back their operation as demonstrators returned home.

On Twitter the force said it had responded to missiles being thrown and it had been "working to calm things down".

'Bins overturned'

The violence broke out after both rallies had finished.

The routes of both marches had been pre-planned to ensure demonstrators were kept apart.

"Rubbish bins were overturned and set on fire, lumps of concrete were ripped off the wall and thrown at the police," BBC reporter Nigel Dando at the scene said.

He added that a group of people in Victoria Street had tried to charge police lines and that about 60 police in full riot gear had been at the scene.

"There is a bit of standoff at the roundabout between Victoria Street and Redcliffe Way as the EDL supporters attempted to get to Temple Meads but police have stopped them at the moment," he said.

Image caption Avon and Somerset Police said it would facilitate peaceful protests

Fourteen arrests were made for alleged offences including a racially aggravated public order offence, refusal to remove face coverings after being asked to do so by police, assaulting a police officer and unlawful assembly.

All those arrested remain in custody, Avon and Somerset Police said.

It had drafted in officers from other police forces and there were about 1,000 officers on duty.

Avon and Somerset Police said it would facilitate peaceful protests, but would tackle anyone who became involved in violence or disorder.

A separate and unrelated march organised by the city's gay community set off from Berkeley Square at 11:00 BST.

The colourful procession snaked down Park Street to College Green for the Pride festival .

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