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Newcastle demonstrations

Dated: 25 May 2013

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Today's protests in Newcastle have taken place without major incident.

Police have said there were no major problems connected to protests in Newcastle city centre this afternoon -Saturday May 25 - by the English Defence League and Newcastle Unites.

Between 1,500 and 2,000 people took part in the EDL event and around 350 to 400 in the Newcastle Unites event.

Newcastle Chief Superintendent Gary Calvert said: "I am pleased this protest passed off without major incident. Disruption was kept to a minimum and we are grateful for the support we received from local communities.

"There were a number of arrests over the course of the day, mainly to do with alcohol or to prevent public order offences, however the vast majority of those taking part were well behaved.

"Most of the arrests took place before the protests started and were part of a proactive strategy by police to avoid disorder and to minimise disruption.

"Extra officers will continue to be in the city for what is a busy weekend for Newcastle."

Updates from throught the day can be viewed here > > >

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