Five people have been instructed to appear in court after a ‘Kill the Bill’ protest in Newcastle whereas four others had been handed fines.
In whole, 12 protesters, together with youngsters, had been arrested after the demonstration by way of Newcastle metropolis centre on Saturday.
They had been accused of offences akin to assaulting an officer, obstructing an officer, inflicting legal injury and wilfully obstructing the freeway.
Northumbria Police has now confirmed that a few of them have been served with court summons, whereas others got monetary penalties.
The particulars of the 12 people are:
- Two girls – aged 56 and 48 – and a 47-year-old man had been all arrested on suspicion of wilfully obstructing the freeway. All three had been served with summons to appear in court on a future date.
- Two girls – aged 19 and 18 – and an 18-year-old man had been all arrested on suspicion of inflicting legal injury. All three acquired a penalty discover.
- Two males – aged 37 and 19 – had been arrested on suspicion of obstructing a PC. Both had been served with summons to appear in court on a future date.
- A 17-year-old male was additionally arrested on suspicion of obstructing a PC and has been launched on bail.
- Two females – aged 17 and 15 – had been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a PC. The 17-year-old has been launched on bail and the 15-year-old has been launched below investigation.
- A 20-year-old man arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct acquired a penalty discover.
On Saturday, a crowd gathered at Monument round 1pm in protest at the deliberate Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts invoice.
The wide-ranging powers of the invoice embody boosting police powers to restrict public assemblies, demonstrations and marches and make it simpler to convict protesters of offences.
Tensions started to escalate after law enforcement officials, who had been ringed round the outdoors of the demonstration, stepped in, apparently after people started writing slogans in chalk on Grey’s Monument.
The crowd then started to observe officers, claiming two people had been taken into custody, chanting slogans together with “allow them to go”, “protest is just not a criminal offense” and “disgrace on you”.
Hundreds of people then started to march by way of the metropolis centre down Percy Street, inflicting visitors hold-ups in the course of the Civic Centre, earlier than turning and marching by way of the metropolis in the direction of Forth Banks Police station.
A stand-off between officers and the crowd started shut to the Centre for Life, the place a line of officers shaped to stop people reaching the station.
Northumbria Police stated that it offered a “proportionate policing response” however claimed “the behaviour of a small variety of these participating was fully unacceptable”.