Six arrests in mosque protest

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Police have thanked residents in Sunderland for their cooperation after demonstration in the city.

The protest took place in the Millfield area this afternoon where the vast majority of those taking part have done so peacefully.

Officers have made a very small number of arrests following minor public disorder which took place before the demonstration.

Around 100 took part in the event and six arrests were made for disorder. All demonstrators have now moved from the area.

Sunderland Superintendent Jim Napier said: “The police were there to ensure the safety of everyone involved and the vast majority of people behaved in a calm and sensible way.

“Disruption was kept to a minimum and we are grateful for the support we received from local communities who behaved with great dignity.

“Extra officers will continue to be in the area to provide reassurance to the community.”

Several police officers surrounded the Millfield area from 1pm on Saturday.

Despite the protest, it was ‘business as usual’ on Saturday, and no shops or pubs were closed.

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