Foiled protest extremists in town centre

The vandalised parking meter

The vandalised parking meter

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A GROUP of Neo-Nazi demonstrators whose planned protest in Liverpool failed were re-directed to Wigan.

And at around the same time racist graffiti was daubed on a parking meter in the town.

At around 11.40am, approximately 50 members of the group, National Action were met by around 300 anti-fascist protestors at the station. Disorder broke out between the two groups and police intervened

BTP spokesman

Police moved members of the far-right National Action on from the city on Saturday after anti-facist demonstrators swamped them, forcing the controversially named “White Man March” to be scrapped.

After hiding in Liverpool Lime Street’s lost luggage section, those who had travelled to take part were ushered onto a number of waiting trains to be taken to other parts of the country, including Wigan.

Upon arrival at Wigan North Western, Greater Manchester Police assisted British Transport Police officers in monitoring the group but that didn’t stop some heading to nearby Crawford Street.

Nazi symbols were drawn onto one of the pay and display machines but it isn’t clear who is responsible.

One of those involved in the aborted march, former BNP member Jack Renshaw, later wrote in a blog: “(Police) then put us on a train to Wigan and treated as if it was us causing the trouble. The police refused to allow us to go and have a well deserved pint and something to eat, after surviving as less than 100 people in a group of 1,000s after our blood.

“When I then went to go to Wigan station café for something to eat there, an officer told me that it didn’t exist. After eating my imaginary cake and drinking my imaginary coffee, I headed out and had a drink with some of our Eastern European comrades.”

As well as police, a member of anti-facist organisation Hope Not Hate also met the group in Wigan and photographed members near the railway station and Crawford Street.

A GMP spokesman has also confirmed that they were called to assist with the group’s arrival in Wigan and were later called after racist graffiti was found on the pay and display box. No arrests were made for this incident.

A BTP spokesman said: “Our officers were involved in an incident at Liverpool Lime Street on Saturday, August 15, after disorder broke out between two groups of protestors.

“At around 11.40am, approximately 50 members of the group, National Action were met by around 300 anti-fascist protestors at the station. Disorder broke out between the two groups and police intervened.

“BTP officers, working closely with colleagues from Merseyside Police, separated the groups. During the incident six BTP officers received minor injuries, one officer was bitten, and the others sustained bruising.

“At around 2.30pm, the group were escorted onto a train and accompanied by officers out of the city. BTP officers escorted a number of protestors on trains to various destinations, including to and from Wigan North Western. There were no reports of separate incidents at Wigan North Western itself.”