Police line the streets of the City as strict conditions imposed on London protests

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Officers were deployed throughout the City in police vans (Source: Helen Cahill)

Police lined the streets of the City of London this afternoon as strict measures were taken to make sure the public stayed safe while protests took place across the capital.

The English Defence League (EDL), Unite Against Fascism (UAF) and United Against Extremism (UAE) have all organised marches in London today, but the Metropolitan Police have imposed conditions on the groups under the Public Order Act to avoid any serious disruption.

More than half a dozen police cars were parked along Gracechurch Street ahead of the marches and a police helicopter is circling over the centre of the capital.

UAE protesters gathered in front of St Paul's Cathedral (Source: Getty)

Specific routes have been mapped out for the different protest groups. UAE (also known as the Football Lads Alliance) were informed they could protest at St Paul's Cathedral between noon and 1pm. From 1pm they were allowed to march to London Bridge via Cannon Street, with the action ending at 2.30pm.

Meanwhile, the EDL march will go from Charing Cross Railway Station to Craven Street, Northumberland Avenue, followed by a rally at Victoria Embankment. The protesters will then return to Charing Cross, and their march will take place between 1pm and 2.30pm.

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The UAF protest is taking place at Victoria Embankment, between 12.30pm to 3pm.

Superintendent Emma Richards of the Metropolitan Police said: "We have made the decision to impose conditions based on current tensions and concerns, information about the intentions of the organisers of these events and intelligence from previous marches held by similar groups.

"We believe the approach is appropriate. We have a duty to ensure that the community in central London can go about their daily business not unduly impacted by demonstrations taking place."

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