Demonstrations strengthen community cohesion 

22/03/10

The leaders of Bolton council have thanked police and the community for their patience and co-operation during the town centre demonstrations on Saturday 20 March.

Council cleansing officers were on hand to carry out a swift clean up operation and by Sunday morning, the square was returned to normal.

Chief Executive Sean Harriss commented: “Since the EDL announced they were going to demonstrate in Bolton, the council has worked closely with Greater Manchester Police to prepare for it. We worked with community groups to reassure residents, and made sure local businesses were kept informed.

“We’d like to thank the police for their effective and substantial policing operation, which ensured that they were in control and that the demonstrations in Bolton passed off without major incident. We’d also like to thank the residents of Bolton for their restraint, patience and co-operation during the demonstrations.

As a result of the demonstrations, the people of Bolton have come together and worked effectively and the ‘Bolton family’ is now stronger than ever. We will be taking something positive from this and working with the community to reinforce and improve community cohesion even further in the future.”

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