Three arrested after English Defence League demonstration

Three men arrested on suspicion of committing racially aggravated public order offences at a protest staged by members of the English Defence League have been released on bail.

Around 30 people took part in the demonstration in Chelmsford city centre on Saturday, a spokesman for Essex Police said.

The protest started at around 2.30pm and was contained by police outside Shire Hall.

The men were arrested at around 3pm on suspicion of committing a racially aggravated public order offence.

A 35-year-old man from Rochester in Kent, a 19-year-old man from Dagenham and an 18-year-old man from Yateley in Hampshire, were bailed today and ordered to return to an Essex police station on September 9.


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Essex Police received no prior notification that the demonstration would be taking place.

The protest was concluded by 4.30pm, police said.

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