Police outnumbered protesters as more than 100 officers took to the streets of Dudley at a rally by the far-right group Britain First today.
Protesters who turned out to oppose plans for a mosque in West Midlands town were eclipsed by the police presence as the rally got underway, the Birmingham Mail reports.
Cops lined the streets and most shops were closed, with some shuttered or boarded up.
Dozens of anti-fascists also staged a counter demonstration organised by anti-racist groups alongside Dudley Central Mosque.
The group plan a march followed by speeches outside the council offices in the town centre.