Only two arrested as EDL march gets underway in Portsmouth

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POLICE say a march by far right protesters in Portsmouth has passed peacefully so far.

Just two people have been arrested as up to 200 protesters marched through the city’s streets.

Hampshire Constabulary says that one person is being held on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

The second is to be quizzed over a public order offence.

Members of the English Defence League have travelled from far and wide to take part in the march.

They include supporters from London, Brighton, Colchester and some Portsmouth division supporters are wearing blue hoodies.

Hampshire Constabulary has launched a mammoth policing operation for the event.

Eight horses from Thames Valley Police have been drafted in as well as Hampshire’s dog unit.

More than 200 Hampshire officers are working to ensure the protest passes peacefully.

The British Transport Police are also on the lookout for potential trouble makers.

The protesters are being led by dozens of police officers, some on horseback, others on bikes or in vans.

As they make their way down Park Road near Gunwharf Quays, the front of the march is being carefully contained by a wall of police officers in high visibility jackets.

At the moment the protest is well contained, and despite the two arrests, it’s passing peacefully.

The English Defence League has also provided its own stewards.