One arrested at Birmingham Pegida march

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One person was arrested as around 200 of right-wing protesters held a march in Birmingham.

Right-wing movement Pegida organised the event at the International Business Park in Birmingham on Saturday, which largely went off peacefully.

Around 60 counter protesters also attended.

A 39-year-old man from the counter demonstration was arrested for a public order related offence.

The man from east London was detained outside Birmingham International train station at about 1pm.

Solihull Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Alex Murray, said: "We had a large police presence on the ground, including protest liaison officers, in order to deal effectively with any issues.

"But we were confident the rally would be peaceful - our negotiations with Pegida representatives were positive and they stressed their intentions to express their views lawfully.

"Disruption was kept to a minimum."

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