A bus to take English Defence League members to one of their own protests cost more than £2,000 a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

The Manchester Evening News report:

Police paid £2,500 to bus hundreds of English Defence League supporters into Manchester for a protest march, the M.E.N. can reveal.

Around 700 members of the right-wing group were brought from across Manchester city centre on taxpayer funded double-deckers, last month.

The demonstration, which also attracted anti-fascist opponents, cost Greater Manchester Police more than £50,000 overall. £35,000 went on staff overtime alone.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a journalist at the UK edition of WIRED magazine. In 2015, my first book Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. My second book Reed Hastings: Building Netflix, was published in March 2020. I created FOI Directory in 2012 and have maintained it in my spare time ever since.