English Defence League to be sent bill for clean-up operation after rally in Hyde
Leaders of the far-right English Defence League will be sent a bill for the clean-up after a demonstration in Greater Manchester. Council officials will detail the cost of cleaning up following the march in Hyde by about 600 people before sending a bill to the group. A senior source at Tameside council said: “We will be looking to recover our costs. We had to prepare the town for the march and clean it up afterwards.” The EDL could also be sent a second bill from Greater Manchester Police. Up to 370 officers were on the ground including mounted and riot cops to ensure the event passed off peacefully. 11 arrested as hundreds join EDL rally in Hyde The policing bill is estimated at £180,000, which will come out of the GMP budget. Coun Paul Murphy, chairman of Greater Manchester Police Authority, said he would raise the issue with other members of the authority. He told the M.E.N: “This is becoming very costly for the people of Greater Manchester. “It’s about the fifth or sixth time the EDL has held a march here. I’ll raise it with members to see whether we will seek some financial redress.” Police arrested 11 people for minor public order offences as the march passed off without major incident. The EDL – based in Luton – brought activists from all over England to march through Hyde in protest over an alleged attack by up to eight Asian men on trainee baker Daniel Stringer-Prince. The 17-year-old suffered a fractured skull. His family pleaded with the EDL to abandon the march but it went ahead anyway. The march began shortly after 1pm on Saturday with protesters walking from the town’s railway station to a car park, where they held a rally. GMP mounted a huge security operation including India 99, the force helicopter, and police dog handlers. Officers dealt with a handful of minor skirmishes with some of the marchers. No one was hurt. Supt Neil Evans said: “I would like to thank both the people of Hyde and the protesters for their conduct, which has resulted in the demonstration passing peacefully and with minimal disruption caused to Hyde itself.” * Ali Haydor, 21, of Croft Street, Hyde, has been charged with section 18 assault in connection with the alleged attack on Mr Stringer-Prince. A 17-year-old and another 21-year-old man arrested in connection with the incident have both been released on bail.