Metropolitan Police officers arrested 64 people during King's coronation day

The force came under huge criticism from campaign groups for the detention of protesters on Saturday, ITV News Political Correspondent Shehab Khan reports

The Metropolitan Police has said its officers arrested 64 people during the King's coronation day, amid criticism from protesters.

The force said 32 of those detained on suspicion of causing a public nuisance have been bailed, alongside 14 arrested on allegations of breaching the peace.

Four charges have been made by police so far, with one suspect accused of a religiously aggravated public order offence and two others accused of possession of class A drugs.

Another suspect is accused of an offence under section 5 of the Public Order Act, with all four due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court later this month.

The force came under huge criticism from campaign groups for the detention of protesters on Saturday, with the arrests described as "incredibly alarming".

A total of 11 others were released on bail on suspicion of offences including sexual assault, breaching the peace and harassment, with two breach-of-the-peace suspects released without charge, police said.

Before the coronation, the chief executive of anti-monarchy group Republic, Graham Smith, was among those arrested.

He said the force should "hang their heads in shame" after he was released on Saturday night, following 16 hours in custody.

A total of eight members of Republic's team were arrested as they prepared for "a peaceful and lawful protest", he added.

A protester stands with police officers as people gather on The Mall in London. Credit: PA

He said that officers had been "intimidating, heavy-handed, not willing to listen, not willing to co-operate or to engage".

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he had demanded "clarity" from the force's leaders on the arrests.

Meanwhile, Green politician Caroline Russell, who chairs the London Assembly's Police and Crime Committee, said the arrests were "really worrying".

"It felt like for someone who was trying to protest, and trying to do it by the book, it was very difficult to understand what the rules were," she told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

She added: "The Police and Crime Committee, we question the mayor, Mopac [Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime] and the Metropolitan Police, we meet every fortnight, so of course we will be questioning this because I'm sure members of all parties will want to have their questions answered."

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