Norfolk Police has received confirmation of the timings and routes for two demonstrations which are due to take place in Norwich city centre this weekend.

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The English Defence League (EDL) and its opposing “We Are Norwich” group are both staging marches on Saturday, November 10.

The counter protesters will gather at Chapelfield Gardens at 11am before marching at 12.30pm to City Hall via Theatre Street, Brigg Street and Hay Hill. They will have speeches at approximately 1pm before dispersing.

At 12.45pm the EDL group will gather at Castle Gardens before also marching to City Hall at 1pm, via Castle Meadow, Opie Street, Bedford Street, Exchange Street and Gaol Hill. There they will have speeches at approximately 1.30pm before dispersing.

Norwich District Commander, Supt Paul Sanford, said: “Norfolk Constabulary is continuing to liaise with both groups of protesters, businesses and the community ahead of the weekend. Our primary aims remain to facilitate peaceful, legal protests; to support business as usual for those not involved with the demonstrations; and to ensure the safety of everyone in Norwich city centre.

“The organisers of both protests have been sharing their plans with us so we can provide an appropriate level of policing on the day, and address any concerns raised to us by the community. Both groups have insisted they want to stage a peaceful event and have actively encouraged their members not to be provoked into criminal action.

“We will have an increased, visible policing presence in the city centre on Saturday to offer information and reassurance and deal with any incidents of disorder or anti-social behaviour should they occur.”

Anyone with any concerns or queries relating to the policing operation can email Supt Paul Sanford at communications@norfolk.pnn.police.uk. Up-to-date information can also be found at www.norfolk.police.uk/protest.

Anyone who wishes to receive regular updates from the police during the day can follow @NorfolkPolice or #norwichprotest on Twitter or register for a free text service on Police Direct. To subscribe text the word NORFOLK to 66101 (stand message rates apply) or to register in full, visit the Police Direct page at www.norfolk.police.uk and tick the ‘Norwich protest’ option.

Details of temporary road closures on the day can be found at www.norwich.gov.uk

For more on the planned protests, and to see maps of the routes, see tomorrow’s paper.

13 comments

  • Every so often a large hole appears in Norwich City Centre. This could be due to subsidence, bad weather or underground activities of an uncertain nature. Whatever causes these large holes to appear, let's just hope one appears this Saturday and swallows up each and every member of these two totalitarian gangs.

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    Yahweh or the Highway

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

  • Human Rights law, used properly, is a judicious blend of facts particular to the case in hand and wider issues which transcend both county and country boundaries.

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    edith

    Friday, November 9, 2012

  • The two protests should have been held on different days,and the Police had in their power for it to be thus ! The left wing basiacally don,t like free speech,unless its something they agree with,and thats why We Are Norwich announced their march after the EDL march date was announced

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    Albert Cooper

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

  • Lets call off shopping for the day..simples, once the first violent mob have had there march, do the police really expect them to disperse ?? don't think so, the 2nd violent mob will then leave the bell tanked up and full of hate and venom...within minutes bottles and alike will be thrown etc, I've banned mrs nrg and tiny daughter from venturing into the city, as it ain't worth a cracked skull for xmas shopping.

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    nrg

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

  • Following the recent Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights (nothing to do with the EU) in the case of Redfearn v. United Kingdom, it seems likely that Article 11 of the European Convention on Human Rights 1950 prevents both private and public sector employers from dismissing employees on the grounds of their political associations - even if they have been employed for less than a year as Arthur Redfearn (bus driver) had been when he was sacked for merely being a member of the BNP. Human Rights lawyers are already saying that Arthur had a further Article in his favour which he did not use - the right to freedom of "Belief" which can include political ideals as well as religion, "Green" ideas, etc. I think this is Article 9. In short the day is coming, or has already arrived, when Councils (including the one running this library which blocks public access to the EDL and BNP sites but not the UAF sites) will be sued. Mr Redfearn was entitled to damages (see end of Judgment) but did not claim any. Article 10 protects Freedom of Expression and that would be breached if the anti EDL protests become thuggish or too vociferous. You can protest against ideas you disagree with, but only if they are silencing your own ideas - and this is not the case with nationalist ideas - on the contrary nationalism is gagged and suppressed by a range of opposing groups.

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    edith

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

  • As with previous marches the EDL will no doubt be turning up with their nice short hair and tight t-shirts. What is it about those on the extreme right who feel compelled to dress up as members from Right Said Fred? Maybe the shoppers on Saturday will think the EDL are gathering to play some high-octane pop music?

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    God is a gas

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

  • Edith Arthur Redfearn lives in Bradford, so could you explain what this has to do with the good folk of Norwich? He had a point, he contested it, he won.

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    parkeg1

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

  • Every so often a large hole appears in Norwich City Centre. This could be due to subsidence, bad weather or underground activities of an uncertain nature. Whatever causes these large holes to appear, let's just hope one appears this Saturday and swallows up each and every member of these two totalitarian gangs.

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    Yahweh or the Highway

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

  • Total lack of common sense being shown here again, it's obvious to everyone that the timing of these two demonstrations will cause problems. Therefore one of them should have been put off, but because the right to demonstrate is having to be adheard to, we will end up with damage to our City and seeing fighting on our streets. It's clear that this is the intension of at least one of the groups and because of that it's clear that group is not behaving in a reasonable way. We all have rights and along with those right we all have responsibilities, shame those responsabilities often get forgotten in exercising our rights.

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    parkeg1

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

  • Given our long history of radicalism and dissent, both political and religious, Norwich is absolutely the last place in the UK that needs outsiders lecturing it about "free speech"!

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    galrita

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

  • Couldn't agree with Albert Cooper more - To long have loony left wing views been spouted via Government, Schools, TV etc resulting in normal Joe Bloggs on the street being scared to talk up and air their opinions in case they are labelled a racist or some other tag that the lefties want to label them with to keep them quiet so that they can steamroll their own opinions onto everybody instead.

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    The Golden One

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

  • Same old Norfolk Police - Instigating trouble to justify their own spending. Norfolk Police had the power to postponereschedule any one of these groups, I wonder why they didnt ??,Same old Norfolk Police - Instigating trouble to justify their own spending. Norfolk Police had the power to postponereschedule any one of these groups, I wonder why they didnt ??? Had they used their common sense and along with this newspaper ignored these two groups, all "The Great Unwashed"

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    pubmandave

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

  • Every so often a large hole appears in Norwich City Centre. This could be due to subsidence, bad weather or underground activities of an uncertain nature. Whatever causes these large holes to appear, let's just hope one appears this Saturday and swallows up each and every member of these two totalitarian gangs.

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    Yahweh or the Highway

    Thursday, November 8, 2012

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