26 July 2012
Members of English Defence League (EDL) organized a march against plans for a new mosque in Regina Way, Chelmsford, as part of the Waitrose supermarket development. Chairman of the EDL southeast Paul Pitt told the media that: ‘We are campaigning hard against this mosque and making sure that it does not happen. Chelmsford has just become a city, we do not want to see a mega mosque here.’
Three EDL members, none of whom was from Chelmsford, were arrested at 3pm on Saturday on suspicion of committing racially aggravated public order offences.