Bristol’s second ‘Kill the Bill’ protest leads to 14 arrests by police
Avon and Somerset Police have confirmed that 14 people have been arrested following overnight protests in Bristol.
On Tuesday, March 23 around 200 people gathered in the city to protest against the government's planned Police and Crime Bill.
Dubbed the "Kill the Bill" demonstration it was the second protest in as many days following chaotic scenes on Sunday (March 21) when a police vehicle was set alight and a number of officers were injured.
Although last night was smaller in number, officers were out in force to ensure Covid regulations were followed.
According to Sky News video showed crowds shouting, "our streets" and "shame on you" at police, some of which were on horseback while others had dogs.
The gathering on College Green began at 4pm but efforts by the police to clear the area were thwarted.
At around 10pm police from the British Transport Police, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, Dyfed Powys, Gloucestershire, Gwent and Wiltshire moved to clear the area.
A significant group of people then gathered on Deanery Road and refused to leave.
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14 people were subsequently arrested for offences including breaches of Covid legislation and obstruction of a highway.
One of those detained were also arrested for offences connected with the violent disorder in the city on Sunday.
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Chief Superintendent Claire Armes said: “Officers had engaged with protestors and asked them to disperse, but tents and a sound system were set up so it was abundantly clear they were intent on remaining at the location, in spite of legislation in place to protect public health.
“After the scenes of violence witnessed in the city at the weekend it was necessary to bring in additional resources from our neighbouring forces to ensure the protest was safely brought to a swift conclusion.
“Throughout the operation officers continued to urge protestors to move on – at no time were they contained – but there came a time when enforcement was necessary as gatherings are still not permitted.”
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“It’s disappointing that officers needed to take this action on a day we should be remembering all those who’ve lost their lives to COVID-19 over the past year.
“The communities of Bristol have made too many sacrifices and worked so hard to defeat this virus, it’s unacceptable for people to insult their efforts in this way.”
On Tuesday police issued photos of the first ten people they are looking to would like to speak to as part of the investigation into the disorder on Sunday evening.
Anyone who recognises the individuals or has any information is encouraged to call 101.
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