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EDL meeting is called off

MEMBERS of the English Defence League (EDL) have called off a meeting which had been due to take place in Solihull town centre.

MEMBERS of the English Defence League (EDL) have called off a meeting which had been due to take place in Solihull town centre.

The far-right group had been planning to hand out flyers on Saturday but the event has now been cancelled.

Solihull MP Lorely Burt said she found it “difficult to describe” her disdain for the group’s activities.

“Groups like the EDL prey on any element of social unrest, as we’ve seen recently, to gain support.

“It’s down to politicians to do their jobs properly and make sure these far right groups don’t gain traction.”

Superintendent Dave Walker said: “We should stress this was never going to be a demo or march through the streets.

“The EDL had suggested there was going to be a low-key event in the town centre, but it is not taking place.

“Obviously the police will continue to monitor the situation for any changes or updates.”

Founded in 2009, EDL Divisions have since sprung up in Chelmsley Wood and Solihull.

The borough branch had announced the event on the internet, saying it would be “small and peaceful”.

Coun David Jamieson (Lab, Kingshurst & Fordbridge) said: “The EDL have a sporadic presence in north Solihull.

“But they’re not as active as the BNP were in this area a few years ago, putting things through the letter box and so on.”

 

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