A multi-cultural community has been praised for the way it reacted to a racist demonstration.
Police have also been applauded for the way in which they dealt with the flash demo outside a Darlington mosque by members of the English Defence League (EDL).
Three people were arrested after about 30 members of the EDL gathered outside the Jamia Mosque on North Lodge Terrace on Saturday at 4.20pm.
It is believed they had attempted a similar demonstration in Middlesbrough earlier in the day before moving on to Darlington.
The group chanted nationalistic slogans and, according to witnesses, intimidated local residents.
However, the group was dispersed by police who arrived in large numbers to control the demonstration and then remained in the area for the rest of the night to prevent any re occurrence.
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