The Birmingham bar which agreed to a police request to host the English Defence League before Saturday’s rally is donating £1,500 profits to the Midlands Air Ambulance.

Hundreds of supporters of the right-wing group held a demonstration in Centenary Square, while a rival protest by anti-fascists was staged in nearby Chamberlain Square.

Police made 20 arrests on the day following a number of violent clashes and are now studying CCTV footage to identify other possible offences.

Bar Risa had turned down repeated police request to play host to the EDL, until being left with ‘no option’.

Now managers of the Broad Street venue have fulfilled a pledge to donate all profits from the day to charity.

A spokesman said: ‘‘We do not, have not and will never support the EDL and only hosted them because, after repeated requests from the police, we felt we had little option other than to help them manage a difficult situation.

‘‘We were never interested in profiting from hosting the EDL and promised last week to donate profits made during the time they were in the venue to charity.

‘‘We received many suggestions from the public as to who to donate the money to, and the charity we’ve chosen is the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

‘‘We think this is a fantastic charity that saves lives right across the region and are delighted to be supporting them. The donation will be £1,500 – our total profit from Saturday afternoon.’’

Midlands Air Ambulance at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
Midlands Air Ambulance at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham
 

Sofia Voutianitis, regional fundraising manager for the Midlands Air Ambulance, said they were ‘delighted’ at the donation.

‘‘We receive no Government or lottery funding and each mission costs £2,500, so Bar Risa’s contribution will go a long way to helping to save lives across the region,” she said.

There were three hospital admissions for minor injuries on Saturday, including a police officer who received head injuries after being hit by bricks. He was treated at hospital and later discharged.

Yesterday, West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Bob Jones praised all those involved in the handling of the protest.

He said: “This excellent result is due in great measure to the prior planning of this operation, which took place between police and fellow emergency services, community leaders and demonstration groups.

“People in the West Midlands should feel very proud that their police force and its partners, did not allow a group to prevail in their aim of undermining the good relationships that exist in our communities.’’