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Increased police presence planned for town during BNP demonstration

BNP eastern region organiser Chris Livingstone with party leader Nick Griffin. Photo: bnp.org.uk

BNP eastern region organiser Chris Livingstone with party leader Nick Griffin. Photo: bnp.org.uk

 

Dacorum’s police chief has promised his officers will ensure ‘minimal disruption’ to the community during the BNP’s planned protest in Hemel Hempstead on Saturday.

Members of the British National Party are planning to demonstrate at the now-derelict site of the Nash Mills Methodist Church on Barnacres Road, which pre-application plans suggested could house a new mosque.

According to Dacorum Borough Council planning officers, no formal applications for a Muslim house of worship have been submitted, or are indeed expected, at this time.

Chief Insp Glen Channer said: “We are aware of the British National Party’s intention to stage a demonstration in Hemel Hempstead.

“We are currently in dialogue with the British National Party in order to facilitate a peaceful protest, whilst ensuring that disruption to the local community is minimised.”

Mr Channer also reassured those living in the area that there will be additional police on duty on the day, to assist in any policing needs that may arise.

BNP organiser for the eastern region Chris Livingstone is leading the event, but said: “We do not anticipate any trouble,”

A counter-demonstration by the Unite Against Fascism group is also expected to take place on the same day.

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