Arrests as lockdown protesters march through Liverpool

15 arrests as lockdown protesters march through city Credit: Liverpool Echo.

Police have made 13 arrests following an anti-lockdown protest in Liverpool.

Officers dealt with a crowd of people who gathered in the city centre from about 1pm on Saturday.

A 36-year-old man from Kirkby was arrested on suspicion of assault of an emergency worker after an officer was pushed to the chest in Church Street.

Police at the Liverpool ant-lockdown protest Credit: Liverpool Echo.

Four people were arrested on suspicion of encouraging or assisting the commission of Covid-19 offences and five were held on suspicion of breaching Covid-19 legislation.

One person one was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence and two were arrested for failing to provide their name and address.

Several of those earlier arrested were de-arrested.

A total of 25 fixed penalty notices were issued.

Chief Superintendent Ngaire Waine said: "The vast majority of people in Merseyside have made huge sacrifices since March, missing weddings, funerals and family celebrations in an effort to halt the spread of coronavirus.

"We have seen infection rates driven down in Merseyside thanks to the commitment of so many people, and already more than 140,000 have taken part in a mass testing pilot here in Merseyside to help the national effort to protect life and get back to normality. They are a credit to this county.

"So it will be incredibly frustrating for all those people to see that a minority of selfish individuals chose to flout laws brought in to protect the lives of people, putting our communities and themselves at risk.

"Their actions have posed a significant risk to public health and we will continue to study CCTV and bodycam to identify offenders and bring them to justice."