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POLICE BAN ENSURES PEACE AT BURNLEY BNP EVENT

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The police have defended their decision to ban protestors from a British National Party festival after the event pa...
The police have defended their decision to ban protestors from a British National Party festival after the event passed peacefully.

The Anti-Nazi League accused the police of acting 'disgracefully' after they ruled demonstrators had to stay away from the site in Sawley - just eight miles outside Burnley where the BNP won three seats in May's local elections.

Police issued the ban last weekend to 'safeguard public safety'. They said they were powerless to stop the BNP's Red, White and Blue festival as it was held on private land.

Superintendent David Mallaby, divisional operations manager, said given the two groups clearly have different political opinions there was a 'potential for difficulties'.

But he added: 'We believe our high profile policing response to this was appropriate and proportionate and directly resulted in the peaceful outcome of events.'

It is estimated nearly 1,000 people went to the festival.

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