Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Portsmouth EDL rally arrest after police officer firework attack

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault after a firework was thrown at a police officer during an English Defence League rally in Hampshire.

Extra officers have been in Portsmouth for the rally against the opening of the Madani Academy Muslim school.

The force said a 29-year-old man, from Southampton, had been arrested following the attack, which had left a female officer "shaken".

Hampshire Police added the organised protest had been "peaceful".

Police said a 23-year-old man, from Portsmouth, had also been arrested before the march, on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.

The force said officers would "remain in the city throughout the evening to keep the peace and safety of the community".

The independent faith school for 5-16 year olds is expected to open in the city in September.

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