Police work to restore normality as last protesters leave city

Further to ongoing disruptions caused by climate protesters in central London, the Metropolitan Police has imposed, under Section 14 of the Public Order Act 1986:

“Any assembly linked to the Extinction Rebellion Autumn Uprising…must now cease their protest(s) within London (Metropolitan Police Service, and City of London areas) by 21:00hrs [on Monday] 14th October 2019.”

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said: “These conditions have been imposed due to the continued breaches of the section 14 condition previously implemented, and ongoing serious disruption to the community.

“We have made significant progress in managing Extinction Rebellion’s activity at sites across central London over this past week. Officers have begun the process of clearing Trafalgar Square and getting things back to normal."

As the number of arrests passed 1,400, remaining protesters were given the opportunity to leave the site, and warned that a failure to comply with the condition would make them liable for arrest and prosecution.

“Today, protestors targeted areas in the City of London, causing further disruption to people and businesses in London’s financial district. Police made more than 90 arrests," DAC Taylor added. "Since the beginning of this operation officers have been working hard to keep London moving. There have been more than 1,400 arrests, and a number of people have been charged. The policing operation continues, and we will continue to take action against anyone engaged in unlawful protests at locations targeted by Extinction Rebellion.”

*UPDATED*

As at 08:00 on Wednesday 16th October,1,642 arrests had been made.

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