Protesters heckle returning troops

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Protesters heckled soldiers and brandished placards opposing the war in Afghanistan during a homecoming parade for troops today.

A group of predominantly Muslim protesters gathered in Barking town centre, in east London, as members of the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment marched through the streets.

One witness said: "There were about 25 to 50 Muslim protesters carrying placards with things like 'Muslims Against Crusades' and 'British Soldiers Go To Hell'. Then there was a counter-protest of about 100 guys barracking them."

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said two people had been arrested for public order offences.