Residents Thanked As Dewsbury Demonstrations End Peacefully
Saturday 30 January 2016
Residents in Dewsbury have been thanked by authorities after demonstrations in the town came to a peaceful conclusion this afternoon.
West Yorkshire Police and Kirklees District Council have thanked communities in area for carrying on as normal, using town centre facilities and shops, and not engaging with protestors during demonstrations during the afternoon of Saturday January 30.
It is estimated that around 120 Britain First members protested near Old Town Hall Street while around 80 counter protestors attended a separate event on Long Causeway. Both concluded at about 4pm.
No arrests were made at either of the demonstrations. One man was arrested earlier in the day for assaulting a police officer at Dewsbury Train Station and remains in custody this evening.
Four men were also arrested at Barnsley railyway station by British Transport Police for racially aggravated public order offences, in connection with the Dewsbury event.
A small number of road closures were put in place during the march to allow it to go ahead safely.
Chief Superintendent Steve Cotter of Kirklees District Police, said: "Both today’s demonstration and counter demonstration have passed off peacefully.
"I want to pass on my thanks to residents in the town for their calm and considered response to today’s events and to traders and local businesses for their support.
"We have worked hard with partners to keep road closures and disruption to a minimum to allow life to go on as normally as possible."
Cllr David Sheard, Leader of Kirklees Council said "It’s great to have the town back to normal so that businesses and local communities can get back to their lives – this has been the key focus all day and is after all what is important to everyone who cares about the area.
"The police, council and the community have once again worked exceptionally hard to keep people safe and ensure disruption has been kept to a minimum.
"I especially want to pass on my thanks to local people and businesses who have all stayed calm and behaved with dignity. It’s not easy for them to stand by and watch people who don’t care about them coming into Dewsbury showing their disrespect. Once again we have shown that as a community we stand tall and proud and nothing can change that."