Police and demonstrators clash at 'Kill the Bill' protest in central London
Protests against the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill have been taking place across the country.
Saturday 3 April 2021 21:13, UK
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Scuffles break out at 'Kill the Bill' protest
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Twenty-six people have been arrested after clashes between police and demonstrators at a "Kill the Bill" protest in central London, during which 10 officers were injured.
Projectiles were thrown as police pushed protesters away, and dozens of extra officers were brought in to help unblock the road for a McDonald's lorry held up outside parliament.
The Metropolitan Police said the number of arrests could yet increase, with the operation having seen 10 officers suffer non-serious injuries.
Demonstrators clashed with police outside parliament
Commander Ade Adelekan, who led the policing operation, said: "The vast majority of people who turned out in central London today did so while adhering to social distancing. They engaged with my officers when required and left when asked - I would like to thank them for doing so.
"However, a small minority did not engage despite the repeated efforts of officers on the ground. This left us with no option but to move to an enforcement stage and arrests have been made.
"This has been another challenging day for officers on the ground and I want to thank them for their efforts throughout the course of today.
"We remain in the middle of a global pandemic and we have made great progress in controlling the spread of the virus; we will not allow the selfish actions of a small number of people to put Londoners progress in jeopardy."