15 arrested in UK’s Leicester after protest by Hindu mob led to disorder

Fifteen people have been arrested during a policing operation in east Leicester “to deter further disorder” after disturbances broke out at an unplanned protest on Saturday night and Sunday morning.

Additional officers have been on patrol in the area in recent weeks after the disorder was sparked by an Asia Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan on 28 August.

In a statement on Sunday night, Leicestershire police said: “Officers became aware of groups of young men gathering on Sunday afternoon in the North Evington area of the city.

In a statement, leaders of the Hindu and Jain temples, and community organisations in Leicester, said they were working with the police to get to the bottom of Saturday’s impromptu march.

“We condemn the insensitive and utterly disgraceful acts on the streets of Belgrave and North Evington,” the statement said.

“Leaders of the Hindu community are not going to tolerate such acts of aggression that undermines the relationships and unity within this city of Leicester.”