Clashes broke out between protesters and police within metres of Downing Street yesterday as supporters of the British offshoot of a German anti-"Islamisation" group were met by hundreds of counter-demonstrators.

Pegida UK held their first ever London rally to "raise awareness of the detrimental affect radical Islam and slack border controls/mass immigration are having on our country".

Much of Whitehall was shut down as protesters waving the Union Flag and St George's cross were outnumbered by anti-fascists and anarchists and the two groups were separated by a heavy police presence.

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