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Police authorised to use of Section 60AA of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 ahead of English Defence League demonstration in High Wycombe

| April 8, 2016

In advance of the planned demonstrations by the English Defence League, and counter demonstrations, in High Wycombe on Saturday 9th April 2016 authorisation has been given to Police to use Section 60AA of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 in order to help the police facilitate peaceful protest.

As a result of the authorisation to use Section 60AA police officers will be able to require a person to remove any item which the officer believes that person is wearing wholly or mainly for the purpose of concealing their identity.

Anyone failing to comply with a request to remove the item will be committing a criminal offence.

Thames Valley Police are assuring those involved or affected by the protests that the aim of the police remains to maximise the safety of all those involved and facilitate the right to protest peacefully whilst minimising disruption.

The demonstration by the English Defence League is expected to start at High Wycombe railway station at 1.45pm. It will proceed down Amersham Hill, turning into Castle Street, Church Street and culminating in Frogmoor where the demonstrators will congregate and listen to a series of speeches.

Around 1,000 people are expected to be involved in the march which could include around two hundred EDL members. Counter demonstrations are also expected to take place on the same day.

Once the speeches are finished Police are expecting the protesters to disperse and leave High Wycombe.

Passengers using bus services in the town centre may also suffer some disrupted as notices have appeared on several bus stops in Wycombe High Street saying that the stops will be suspended from 11.15am until 5.00pm on the day of the march.

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