Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 9°C

Five-day forecast

A planned march through Tower Hamlets by far right group the English Defence League looks set to go ahead this weekend - despite threats of legal action if no ban is enforced.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

The borough’s mayor, Lutfur Rahman, was snubbed after requesting a meeting with home secretary Theresa May to call on her to ban the march or face a High Court battle.

Sources at the Mayor’s office said a petition against the demonstration has been signed by 10,000 people, as opposition mounted this week.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said a decision on how to police the march will be taken as further intelligence is gathered – and refused to rule out a ban.

“We will assess the available intelligence and develop the most proportionate and lawful response,” he said.

“Given the dynamic nature of such events, decisions must be taken by the operational commands at the most appropriate time.”

The Home Office is unable to ban the march without first receiving an application from Scotland Yard – but no such application has been made.

“I’m deeply disappointed that the police and the home secretary have failed to act, despite my formally requesting them to do so,” Mr Rahman said last week.

“I call upon them to see sense, but in the absence of an adequate response I intend to take this matter to the High Court.”

Even if a ban is enforced, EDL leader Tommy Robinson – whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon – said on social networking site Twitter that the group would still come to the borough.

In a series of tweets directed at Mr Rahman, he wrote: “We are coming down your rd (sic).

“Even if Theresa May bans our march, we are still coming. 65% of the community want us there.”

Anti-fascist campaigners have also pledged to turn out in large numbers in a counter-demonstration.

Share this article

0 comments

Click here to read the Digital Edition of the The Docklands & East London Advertiser on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find East London businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the The Docklands & East London Advertiser, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE

Around the Web See all