Images:Parliament Square Demonstration arrests
October 21, 2014, 6:34 pm
Demonstrators began arriving at Parliament Square on Friday, 17 October and, as they have arrived, police officers at the scene have been handing out leaflets and informing the demonstrators of the specific legislation which relates to Parliament Square and it’s surrounding area.
This morning. Tuesday, 21 October, there were around 15 people demonstrating in Parliament Square. The group on the grassed area had been sleeping on a tarpaulin which is prohibited under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act of 2011, namely they have items with them to enable them to sleep in Parliament Square.
We informed them of the breach of legislation and asked them to leave, this was done on a one-to-one basis. They were told that if they failed to leave they would be removed from the site and would be liable to summons for the offence.
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The tarpaulin has been removed and 15 people have been arrested for failing to provide details suitable for a summons. They have been taken to a central London police station.
Our role is to facilitate peaceful protest whilst balancing the needs of London communities and minimising any disruption. We will not take sides, but we seek to apply the law fairly and proportionately.