Violence broke out among hundreds of Sikhs last night when protesters clashed at a Wolverhampton temple.
About 100 Sikhs took to the streets in a peaceful demonstration over practices at the Ek Navas on Dudley Road, Blakenhall.
But police were called when a row broke out between worshippers and protesters, who were staging an overnight vigil to take back scriptures from the temple. "Everything got out of hand and then police got involved with truncheons, then everything calmed down," said an eyewitness.
"Word got round and about 400 people turned up and were threatening to rush the fence. When the leader of the temple agreed to hand over the scriptures, that's when it stopped."
West Midlands Police played down the incident, saying: "It went from a peaceful protest to a bit of a disorder."
No-one was arrested.