60 arrested in EDL protest clashes
Sixty people have been arrested after far-right demonstrators clashed with police at protests in the capital.
Scuffles broke out and bottles and firecrackers were thrown by members of the English Defence League (EDL) as riot police, mounted police and dogs turned out on the streets in large numbers to maintain control.
By early evening on Saturday 16 people had been arrested for a variety of offences including affray, drunk and disorderly and assault on a police officer. Later 44 people on a coach were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder, Scotland Yard said.
Skirmishes broke out during the afternoon as EDL leader Stephen "Tommy" Lennon addressed a crowd, telling them he had broken his bail conditions to be at the protest. He was not one of those arrested.
The group had told Scotland Yard it planned to lead a "static demonstration" in the wake of a 30-day ban by Home Secretary Theresa May on marching in six areas.
There had been fears of potential unrest ahead of the protest, centred on the deprived inner city borough of Tower Hamlets. Mrs May also banned marches in Newham, Waltham Forest, Islington, Hackney and the City of London.
More than 3,000 officers were made available amid fears of violence and clashes with opposition groups including Unite Against Fascism. Police vans from forces including Cumbria, Lancashire and Grampian could be seen on the streets.
Scuffles broke out as Lennon addressed the chanting crowd, many of whom were waving banners and flags. He said: "I'm meant to sign on at a police station on a Saturday, I'm not doing that. I'm not allowed to go to a demonstration, I'm not doing that.
"That's what's going to happen and when I go to court if they let me out of court with any bail conditions that restrict my democratic right to oppose militant Islam, I will break them the minute I walk out."
The 28-year-old EDL founder, from Luton, Bedfordshire, was found guilty of using threatening, abusive or insulting behaviour and leading Luton's hooligans into a fight after a trial at Luton and South Bedfordshire Magistrates' Court.