The PCC attended an operational briefing prior to the EDL march.
A demonstration by the English Defence League in Middlesbrough and a counter demonstration taking place today, Saturday 28th June, have passed off peacefully.
Over three hundred police officers were involved in the operation, which has been planned for a number of months.
Around 150 people took part in the counter demonstration, which set off at 12pm from Ayresome Gardens along Linthorpe Road in Middlesbrough.
Around 350 people took part in the EDL demonstration which set off from Corporation Road at around 2pm. The march was temporarily halted due to a firework exploding.
A total of two men were arrested – one on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and one on suspicion for assaulting a police officer.
Police and Crime Commissioner Barry Coppinger said: “I attended one of the briefings to police officers this morning and have been out around the town centre observing activities. The whole operation has been well planned and in consultation with our local communities and businesses.
“Clearly the priority for the police today has been to facilitate each demonstration while ensuring the safety of the public and I am pleased that the day has passed off peacefully.”
Acting Assistant Chief Constable Ciaron Irvine said: “The role of Cleveland Police today has been to facilitate a peaceful protest and fortunately this has been the case, although there have been two arrests.
“Clearly there has been some disruption in Middlesbrough town centre to allow these demonstrations to take place, and we are grateful to local residents and businesses for their co-operation.
“We have been working with our local communities and partner agencies including Middlesbrough Council for a number of weeks now to ensure people have been aware of the events and have had the opportunity to contact us if they have had specific concerns.”
Posted on Monday 30th June 2014