Far-right extremists clashed with anti-fascists on the streets of Rochester, bringing a bitter note to the by-election campaign.

Members of Britain First, the BNP splinter group, marched in uniform to the town's war memorial shouting incendiary anti-Muslim slogans.

They were blocked by a crowd of more than 100 people, including Labour supporters, teenage Tory activists and anti-fascist groups, hurling chants of "scum" back at them as a wall of police officers kept the two groups apart.

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