12 people were arrested by Northumbria Police at an ‘anti-vax’ protest march in Newcastle
People were told to avoid the area as hundreds gathered near the Civic Centre for an ‘anti-vaccine march’.
Police arrested 12 people due to ‘violent behaviour’, Northumbria Police has said.
Superintendent Steve Wykes of Northumbria Police, said: “Ensuring the safety of the public is our utmost priority and there was an increased police presence in Newcastle today to deliver a proportionate policing response to the protest activity.
“There have been 12 arrests due to the violent behaviour of some of the individuals taking part and a full investigation is underway to identify others suspected of committing offences.
“The right to lawful protest is a key part of any democracy, which the police will uphold. However, we will not accept people using them as a means to commit crime.
“If anyone has any information that could assist with our enquiries or has concerns following today’s events, please contact us via our website or on 101.”