Britain First march through Rotherham

Hundreds of Britain First supporters have marched through the centre of Rotherham.

Two arrests were made during the march after several supporters and bystanders had strong exchanges of words along the route.

The Britain First Party stage a march through the streets of Rotherham.

The Britain First Party stage a march through the streets of Rotherham.

The demonstration was the group’s second visit to the town within a month following the publication of Professor Alexis Jay’s report into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham, which revealed 1,400 children had been abused by mainly Pakistani men over 16 years.

Police and council officials failed to take action because of sensitivities around the ethnicity of the offenders.

The Britain First supporters met at Westgate car park before the march to All Saint’s Square for speeches.

Hundreds of police officers were on duty in the town to monitor the crowds.

During the march officers arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of a public order act and a 55-year-old-man on suspicion of breaching a dispersal notice.

Traders in the town once again reported a slump in business as the far right group passed through the town’s main shopping area.