Bottles, fireworks and smoke bombs were set off as 1,500 officers tried to contain thousands of English Defence League supporters holding a protest march in Luton today.
The town centre was flooded with police as tensions mounted that the right wing organisation's members might clash with a counter demonstration by a 1,000-strong group from Unite Against Fascism at the same time in the usually busy shopping area.
Two people were arrested on suspicion of public order offences, police said.
Bedfordshire Police said the day of action had concluded peacefully, despite ‘isolated incidents’ of disorder including smoke flares being set off and bottles being thrown towards police officers.
The cost of the police operation is put at between £600,000 and £1million and for the council £600,000. Read More
*** Chief Constable Andrew Richer said ‘It is disappointing that we saw disorder from some members of Unite Against Fascism