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Police hail protest operation a success

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.”

– Temporary Assistant Chief Constable Neil Jerome

'No Dash for Cash' group to stage protest

Members of the 'No dash for cash' group will protest at Didcot Power Station Credit: ITV Meridian

A protest camp is being set up in Oxfordshire as part of a 'global weekend of action'.

Didcot Power Station will see the No Dash for Gas group stage the demonstrating from today until Tuesday.

Police have been told and say they will work towards a peaceful protest with minimal impact on local people.

"Thames Valley Police will be working closely with its partners, including the RWE and those wishing to protest, in order to minimise the impact of the protest on the local communities and fulfil our legal responsibility to facilitate peaceful protest. We respect everyone's right to protest in a way which is non-violent protest against people or property. However, should activity go beyond peaceful, those breaking the law will be dealt with proportionately. Measures are in place to notify local residents and those who might be affected by the protests, and our aim is to ensure that there is minimal disruption caused to them and the wider community of Didcot, and the surrounding areas, while facilitating protest. However, it is highly likely that there will be some disruption to the area. People should remain vigilant and take appropriate measures to secure access to open land."

– Acting Supt Jim O'Ryan, Silver police Commander for the operation

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