SIX people were arrested after a far-right demonstration in Huddersfield town centre.

Dozens of members of the English Defence League (EDL) held a protest at the Market Cross on Market Place.

The group campaigns against what it calls the Islamification of the UK.

A spokesman for West Yorkshire Police said yesterday: “At 1pm on Saturday July 2, members of the EDL gathered in Huddersfield across three public houses.

“Officers were only aware of the gathering at these locations that morning.

“The EDL then made a request to march through the town but this was declined.

“Between 40 and 50 people held a 10-minute static demonstration at around 2.50pm at Market Place.

“The demonstrators then went to the railway and bus stations and left the area.

“There were six arrests for various public order offences.”

Ian Brooke, of Kirklees Unite Against Fascism, saw some of the EDL supporters in The Royal Swan on Westgate before the protest.

He said yesterday: “It was football thuggery with a slight element of politics.

“It was worrying that there were a lot of young kids involved. I saw kids going in and out of the pub who were in their mid-teens.”

A Kirklees Council spokeswoman said: “There was no warning about the ‘flash’ demo.”