http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1160958/Fury-Muslim-anti-war-protesters-hurl-abuse-British-soldiers-home-coming-parade.html A home-coming march by soldiers returning from Iraq has been marred by ugly scenes after Muslim anti-war protesters hurled abuse at the parade. Around 20 men in Islamic dress held up banners and placards saying 'Anglian Soldiers Butchers of Basra'', 'Anglian Soldiers Criminals, Murderers Terrorists' and 'Baby killers.' The protest took place as 200 soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Royal Anglian Regiment, known as the Poachers, paraded through Luton. A small group of protesters are hemmed in by police as the home-coming parade passes by The regiment had been returning from their second sixth-month tour in Iraq in the past two years. Riot police were forced to intervene when a number of locals, waving St George's flags then turned on the protesters shouting 'scum" and 'no surrender to the Taliban' . Police dogs and riot vans were also called to the scene to keep the two sides apart. Luton's Mayor Councillor Lakhbir Singh said: 'The Royal Anglian Regiment was given freedom of the town some years ago and we are proud to welcome them back.' As the parade finished in Luton's St George's Square in front of the Duke of Gloucester, police had to force the protestors into a small area reserved for them by the town's Arndale Shopping Centre. The home-coming march was led by a military band through Luton to mark their return home. The 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, 'The Poachers' are a light role Infantry Battalion based in Celle in Northern Germany as part of 7th Armoured Brigade, 'The Desert Rats. The 2nd Battalion of The Royal Anglian Regiment were parading through Luton when the protest took place The Poachers recruit from throughout the counties of Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire. One part of their 'regimental ethos' is that it is 'based on mutual respect and trust.' In 2006 Pte Joseva Lewaicei and Pte Adam Morris died in a roadside bomb attack outside Basra. A Government report warned in November that Luton was one of the main centres of Islamic extremist activity in Britain, alongside London and Birmingham. The document described the kinds of people caught up in extremist activity in the UK. It said: 'The majority of extremists are British nationals of south Asian, mainly Pakistani, origin but there are also extremists from north and east Africa, Iraq and the Middle East, and a number of converts. 'The overwhelming majority of extremists are male, typically in the 18-30 age range. 'The main extremist concentrations are in London, Birmingham, with significant extremist networks in the South East, notably Luton.'