Home Office asked to pay for policing BNP

The Home Office is to be asked to bear the £500,000 cost of policing a protest against an event staged by the British National Party. An estimated 1,500 people demonstrated against the three-day Red, White and Blue Festival at Codnor, in Derbyshire, and 19 people were arrested.

Four anti-fascist protesters were charged yesterda, three with public order offences and the fourth with unlawfully obstructing the highway. Two others were cautioned, two got on-the-spot fines and 10 were bailed pending further inquiries. All but one of those arrested were male.

Mick Creedon, the chief constable of Derbyshire, said he would plead for help from the Home Office in paying for the operation, which involved more than 500 officers. Mr Creedon believes the high cost of policing the festival, and keeping the peace between BNP supporters and anti-fascists protestors, is too much for the force to bear alone. Apart from a brief confrontation between police and protestors the demonstration on Saturday was largely peaceful.

Simon Darby, the BNP's deputy leader, said the protesters wanted to incite trouble so that the controversial party would be blamed. "We are just ordinary people having a bit of a laugh in the sun," he said.

The protesters, who came from across the country, joined a march organised by the campaign group, Unite Against Fascism.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Please enter a valid email
Please enter a valid email
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Must be at least 6 characters, include an upper and lower case character and a number
Please enter your first name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
Please enter your last name
Special characters aren’t allowed
Please enter a name between 1 and 40 characters
You must be over 18 years old to register
You must be over 18 years old to register
Opt-out-policy
You can opt-out at any time by signing in to your account to manage your preferences. Each email has a link to unsubscribe.

By clicking ‘Create my account’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in