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Police move in to disperse latest ‘Kill The Bill’ protest in Bristol


Police moved in to disperse demonstrators in Bristol just two days after another protest which descended into rioting in the city.

Specially trained public order officers were deployed on Tuesday night to College Green, where police said around 130 people had gathered earlier in the evening.

It is the latest “Kill the Bill” protest in the city against the Government’s Police, Crime Sentencing and Courts Bill, which will see the police handed new powers to tackle demonstrations.

Avon and Somerset Police said officers had attempted to engage with demonstrators and asked them to move on.

The force tweeted: “Specially trained public order officers are beginning to disperse a protest from College Green in #Bristol.

“Officers had engaged with protestors & asked them to move on but tents & a sound system were set up.

“We remain in lockdown and we cannot allow this gathering to continue.”

Chief Superintendent Claire Armes earlier said that “all necessary and proportionate enforcement action will be taken”.

A YouTube livestream appearing to be from the demonstration showed large numbers of police with some officers on horseback and others with dogs.

Shouts of “Our streets” and “Shame on You” could be heard.

Meanwhile, police investigating a riot that marred a “Kill the Bill” protest in Bristol on Sunday have released images of 10 people they wish to trace.

Violence had erupted in the city centre at the weekend, which saw a police station attacked, 21 officers injured and vehicles set alight.

Police released the 10 images of suspects they wished to trace in connection with the disorder.

Seven men, aged between 20 and 44, were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and have all been released under investigation.


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