Following the arrests of 13 people after a protest at Birmingham University yesterday, Police Superintendent Lee Kendrick has said:
This may well have been billed as a peaceful protest, but it escalated into a serious public order incident - a criminal investigation has been launched and anyone found to have acted unlawfully will be punished.
Following accusations on social media since the event, Superintendent Kendrick went on to deny that Police were 'kettling' demonstrators, saying:
We strongly refute any suggestions of containing or ‘kettling’ a lawful protest. Police were called to the site by the university as a result of demonstrators breaking into buildings, damaging property and assaulting staff. The suspects were detained by police and required to give their details ahead of the pending criminal investigation - any that refused were arrested.
More top news
A man has been arrested after officers uncovered a stash of suspected heroin and crack cocaine during a dawn raid in Coventry.
Several people, including a baby and young child managed to escape a fire in their house after their smoke alarm went off.
CCTV images have been released of men who police would like to talk to in connection with a robbery in Irthlingborough yesterday.