Two arrested in demonstration

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TWO people were arrested during a demonstration by far-right extremists in an ex-mining village.

The two men were arrested on suspicion of breaching bail conditions following a march by members of the English Defence League (EDL) in Shotton Colliery on Saturday.

Police say around 200 people took part in the demonstration, held in protest against Durham County Council’s approval of plans to turn the former Melrose Arms pub, in the village’s Front Street, into a multi-faith education centre.

Peterlee Neighbourhood Policing Team and officers from across the Durham Constabulary area were involved in policing the event.

Superintendent Helen McMillan, who led the police operation, said: “We can confirm that two men were arrested on suspicion of breach of bail conditions following a protest in Shotton Colliery.

“Although Durham Constabulary respects the rights of people to take part in peaceful protests, we will ensure that law and order is maintained at all times.”

• Read Monday’s Hartlepool Mail for a full report.