EDL Peterborough march and Trades Union Council counter protest routes revealed

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Thursday, March 20, 2014
11:35 AM

Police have agreed the routes of an English Defence League (EDL) protest and a counter protest by the Peterborough Trades Union Council (PTUC) which will take place in Peterborough on March 29.

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The EDL march will start at around 2pm in London Road and proceed over Town Bridge, past Bridge Street Police Station and then congregate on Lower Bridge Street at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court.

Temporary road closures will be applied for on London Road and Town Bridge while the protest takes place.

The PTUC march will start at about 12.30pm at Bishops Road car park and proceed along Rivergate before congregating at the Key Theatre car park.

Temporary road closures will be applied for on Rivergate, Bishops Road and some immediate surrounding streets while the protest takes place.

Peterborough district commander Supt Tony Ixer said: “These are very similar routes to those used by the EDL and opposition in 2010 when the protests passed off largely peacefully.

“These routes will balance the concerns of local people and businesses in Peterborough, while responding to the wishes of the EDL and PTUC.

“It provides central locations for both protests while allowing the majority of businesses in the city to continue as usual. “We understand that for businesses in the Rivergate area there will be an impact during the protest and we are working with those business owners, alongside the council, to minimise this and look at alternative ways of drawing in business over the weekend.”

A multi-agency community group, involving police and the city council, has been set up to ensure the community are kept updated on information about the process and deal with any community concerns.

Members of the public with questions can email the group at cmg@cambs.pnn.police.uk to receive feedback and further information.

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