12 arrests at ‘anti-vax’ protest in Newcastle

Twelve people were arrested in Newcastle on Sunday, August 29 after hundreds of people gathered to protest in the city.

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.

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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.”