"We are extremely saddened that Dudley has again been targeted by the English Defence League. Yet again this group of outside extremists have shown they are incapable of demonstrating peacefully and have brought public disorder and violence to our town.
While the number of EDL protesters was significantly fewer than their protest in April, those that did come appeared to be intent on causing trouble.
I hope the drop in numbers from around 1,500 to less than 500 is a result of more people seeing the EDL for what they are and recognising that they have no place in Dudley and make no positive contribution to local issues."
Anne Millward, Leader of Dudley Council
English Defence League members returned to Dudley in the West Midlands on Saturday 17th July to continue the organisation's series of protests bringing anti-muslim racism and hatred to multicultural towns and cities over the summer.
The latest protest by the EDL in Dudley follows two previous visits to the town. The first on April 3rd attracted 2,000 EDL demonstrators from throughout the UK, 400 of whom broke through barriers and clashed with police resulting in 12 arrests, their 2nd visit on May 3rd was a roof top protest against plans to build a mosque in Dudley resulting in 10 arrests and two EDL members charged with burglary and inciting racial hatred.
As usual then what the EDL claimed would be a "peaceful protest" quickly descended into violence. 500 EDL members from throughout the UK attended. Reports of damage to shops and property and threats to local people have been confirmed and police are investigating damage sustained to Hindu and Sikh temples.
The counter-protest by Unite Against Facism and anti-racists (pictured) attracted 350 people. Read the full report, see a series of photographs and video footage of the EDL protest here