Dozens detained after Berlin neo-Nazi march

Thirty-nine people have been detained after a far-right march commemorating the 30th anniversary of the death of a high-ranking Nazi official.

Rudolf Hess served as Deputy Führer to Hitler and received a life sentence at the Nuremberg trials for his role in planning World War II.

Around 500 neo-Nazis tries to march to the former prison site in Spandau, Berlin where Hess died in 1987.

However, a 1000-strong counter-protest made up of left-wing groups and local residents blocked the march.

According to police, 35 of those detained belonged to the neo-Nazi march, while four were part of the counter-protest.

Close to 1000 police officers accompanied the march.

Hess' death was ruled a suicide by Allied authorities, but Nazi sympathisers claim he was killed and organise annual marches in his honour.