14 arrested as demonstrators clash in London

Britain First members clashed with Unite Against Fascism members

14 arrested as demonstrators clash in London

Police block a road during a protest by Britain First and EDL | Image: PA images

14 people have been arrested after far-right groups and anti-fascist protestors clashed during a demonstration in central London.

A march and rally planned by Britain First and the English Defence League (EDL) described as a "march against terrorism", took place near a counter-demonstration by Unite Against Fascism (UAF).

Violence later erupted near a counter-demonstration by Unite Against Fascism.

Chaotic scenes unfolded when ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson arrived and dozens of police officers moved to contain potential trouble.

Mr Robinson was confronted by people who held opposing views and officers escorted him away as he told them that they "hate free speech".

Scotland Yard said 14 people had been arrested as of 4pm, for "various offences".

As the UAF march made its way down Whitehall, police lined the route and as a skirmish broke out a medic could be seen dealing with someone on the ground.

Police kept the opposing factions away from each other manning barriers about 100m apart, as Britain First supporters listened to a speech before marching through the streets.