SIX arrests were made during a protest against plans to create a mosque in Sunderland.
The English Defence League held a march against plans to open a new mosque in St Mark’s Road on Saturday, while anti-fascist groups held a counter demonstration.
Dozens of police officers were deployed in the area and the two groups were kept on opposite sides of the road.
Six people were arrested for causing disorder at the protest.
Syed Ali, one of the organisers of the country-protest, paid tribute to the police for the way they had handled the situation.
“We would like to thank the police,” he said.
“They did a commendable job.”
Sunderland superintendent Jim Napier said: “The police were there to ensure the safety of everyone involved and the vast majority of people behaved in a calm and sensible way.
“Disruption was kept to a minimum and we are grateful for the support we received from local communities who behaved with great dignity.
“Extra officers will continue to be in the area to provide reassurance to the community.”