A large-scale policing operation to facilitate a protest by various groups in Dover has ended successfully according to Kent Police..
There was a large police presence on the streets of Dover this afternoon and officers used temporary powers to stop and search people and vehicles for offensive weapons and dangerous instruments.
One man was arrested on suspicion of possession of offensive weapons. Three men who arrived in Dover were arrested in connection with the protest that was held in Dover on 30 January.
Protesters started to arrive during the morning with a large group assembled by the roundabout at the bottom of Jubilee Way. A march left Dover Priory Station shortly after 1.00pm. Some roads were closed for the safety of both motorists and protesters while the march made its way towards Dover’s eastern docks.
The procession was delayed while protesters from an opposing group failed to comply with a condition to assemble in a designated area near Marine Parade and eight protesters were arrested.
A man was also arrested on suspicion of the theft of a police baseball cap.
“Kent Police planned for a proportionate policing operation that was impartial, firm and fair, and all the objectives we set, were met successfully.
“As I made clear in the run up to the events today, the right to protest inevitably causes disruption to the community. That is largely unavoidable – we do all we can to minimise that disruption.
“I fully appreciate the frustration caused when a road is closed. This decision is not made lightly and only after consulting with Highways England and Kent County Council. It was necessary, to allow us to facilitate the protest and ensure the safety of both motorists and protesters.
“I’d like to thank everyone for their patience and co-operation.”
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