British police arrested nine people on Saturday after far-right demonstrators clashed with officers during a protest against a planned mosque in a central English town.

Police in the West Midlands region said they had deployed a "very significant" force of officers to separate 2,000 supporters of the far-right English Defence League (EDL) from 1,500 counter-protesters from the Unite Against Fascism (UAF) organisation.

The EDL, a group which stages protests against "radical Islam," had marched to a car park on the outskirts of the town of Dudley overlooking the proposed site for a new mosque.

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