Supt Damian Pettit said: I would like to thank the communities of Worcester for their co-operation and patience

Communities thanked following protest events in Worcester
Worcester’s police chief has thanked the local community following demonstration events in the city centre this afternoon (Saturday, 21 July).
Supt Damian Pettit, Policing Commander for Worcestershire South, said: “I would like to thank the communities of Worcester for their co-operation and patience during our operation to police the demonstrations that took place in the city centre this afternoon.
“While a small minority of people were more confrontational in their attitude than we wanted, this was a successful operation that saw the majority of people able to participate in peaceful protest and our communities and businesses protected from harm.
“Extensive planning went into today’s operation and I would also like to thank our partner agencies and my officers for ensuring the safety of our communities on the day.
“There were reports of items being thrown into the EDL group and this is now being investigated.
“Three people were arrested for minor public order offences. Two police officers were injured during the event but thankfully neither is thought to be seriously hurt.
“We will be meeting with our partners in the local community to talk through the events of today. Worcester enjoys positive relationships among its diverse communities and we will continue to work with our partners to build on this in the future.”
The English Defence League staged an event in the city centre in protest at plans for a new mosque. A number of other groups staged counter demonstrations. The activities took place between 1pm and 3.30pm.

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