TROUBLE has already flared at the EDL protest, as protestors broke out the car park and scuffled with police, before the rally even started.

Around 2.15pm - 45 minutes in, around 300 EDL members ran out of Stafford Street car park and began throwing cans and bricks at officers.

The rally, which was supposed to start at 1.30pm, has yet to start, with members getting restless in the carpark.

Police, who have dressed in riot gear, with shields and helmets made extra lines of support as they tried to contain the taunting crowds.

The atmosphere is extremely tense and uneasy as trouble continues to flare.