Bedfordshire Police are in consultation and negotiation with members of the Sikh community following a protest by around 250 people outside Luton Police Station last night
An estimated 250 people were protesting outside Luton Police station last night because of the alleged release of a 'Muslim man' accused of sexually assaulting a Sikh Girl.
The EDL leader Tommy Robinson said that the EDL would be protesting with the group.
Bedfordshire Police did not confirmed if the protest had taken place at first, but whilst many people reported that the police station had been cordoned off, they later confirmed they were in talks with the protesters to calm the situation down.
In a statement they said: "The Sikh community attended the police station at around 9pm to air their concerns about an assault on a young woman from their community that had been reported the day before.
"Senior officers had earlier attended the Gurdwara in Dallow Road to meet with Luton Sikh community leaders and other interested parties to explain and share information regarding the criminal investigation so far. This concluded satisfactorily and the officers left. An hour later a wider group, including Sikhs from outside of the town arrived at the Buxton Road police station to discuss the issues further."
Chief Superintendent Mike Colbourne said: “Obviously we have a duty to facilitate lawful, peaceful protest and if people have concerns it is right they are aired responsibly. Our priority first and foremost, however, is with the victim in this matter and her family.”
The community felt the police had not done enough to make sure the man was convicted.
Some members of the community had learnt through social media sites that a protest was taking place.
Eyewitnesses say members of the EDL were spotted wearing Turbans to show 'solidarity with the Sikh community'. Luton has had racial tensions before.
Pictures 1-2 via @Sikh24
Pictures 3-5 via GurSikh veer [Facebook]