Pictures By Kim B.
11.50 am Lets hope this is all it is.. I doubt though.
I 've a friend done there now who says the centre is very quiet apart from the the few stood above... but others are gathering.
12. 25 pm "BNP, EDL and Asians now gathering ready to march luckily looks like there are more police than protesters"
1.00 pm Large numbers of protesters and police in the town centre... police in large numbers and reporters..
Police in the car park of Asda this morning preparing the planned protest by the E.D.L and B.N.P.
There will be no 'winners' in this protest just one loser.. HYDE.
Take care if you are out and about today.. and if at all possible keep well away.
It seems that most of the car parks are shut down... the one near to the taxi rank is shut until 7pm.. could mean the police are trying to control the numbers of people entering the area.. which will have the knock on effect of visitors needing to park further from the town centre and walk there..
13.10 Police Helicopter is hovering over the town centre
13.35 Reports of fighting
Not a place for small children and babies today.
15.30 Hopefully the reports of fighting were not as bad as first thought and there's message's on Facebook that the town is quietening down.. I know of people who have been working today and are happy to be home as they did not feel safe... I feel sorry for local businesses who are having a hard time of it already. Also I know that home-helps and carers have been carrying on their visits to the housebound while all this has been going on.. shop workers as well...I hope that it now settles down and no trouble flares up later in the Evening.