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Protest against possible closure of St Leonards post office

Demonstrators have gathered in St Leonards to protest against the possible closure of the Crown Post Office.

The Post Office revealed plans in July to replace or relocate directly-run Crown branches in 20 locations as part of a modernisation programme.

But locals have described their post office as the 'beating heart' of the community.


Southern passengers to hold protest

Passengers will hold a protest on Monday afternoon Credit: ITV Meridian

Southern passengers are to hold a new protest about the current state of services. It will be held at Victoria on Monday evening as the company introduce 341 cuts to services.

Passengers say it is simply not good enough to cut trains which will lead to more crowding.

The company say it will better inform passengers about what services are more likely to run.

The dispute centres on the role of the guard.

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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Protests over planned warehouses in fields

Protesters have been demonstrating against plans to build a large warehouse complex in the Kent countryside. A public inquiry started today into the Waterside Park scheme close to junction 8 of the M20 near Maidstone. Tom Savvides talks to locals, Richard Knox-Johnston from the Campaign to Protect Rural England and Paul Carter, the leader of Kent County Council.


Parents protest over plans to close nursery

Parents are angry over plans to close Causeway House in Petersfield Credit: ITV Meridian

Parents have been protesting at plans to close a nursery school in Petersfied, after Ofsted rated it as inadequate.

Directors of Causeway House say major losses in the last year hasn't helped, plus reduction in funding from the council.

The nursery is due to close in just four weeks, but there are hopes of keeping it open until September so parents have longer to find spaces for 60 children

ITV Meridian spoke to mother, Aby Yalden.

Britain's response to crisis is 'shameful', say protestors

Dozens of body bags were laid out on Brighton Beach today by Amnesty UK to highlight the migrant crisis in the mediterranean.

800 men, women and children drowned on Sunday off the coast of Libya. So far this year 1750 have lost their lives.

So desperate are they to escape their homelands, they board often rickety boats not fit for the journey, or they are so crammed that the vessels are unstable.

Those behind today's protest in Brighton, called Britain's response to the problem 'shameful'. Sam Holder reports:

Body bags placed on beach as part of protest

Dozens of body bags have been placed on Brighton Beach Credit: ITV Meridian

Dozens of body bags have been placed on Brighton beach as part of a protest by Amnesty International.

It's in response to the escalating migrant situation in the Mediterranean. More than 1700 have died since the start of the year - including seven hundred when a boat capsized on Sunday.

EU Leaders, including the Prime Minister, will discuss the issue at an emergency summit in Brussels tomorrow.

Clashes on final day of UKIP conference

UKIP's annual conference ended in Margate today with the Party claiming it was more united than ever. Outside the venue there were scuffles between anti-UKIP protesters and competing protesters from the far right. There were no injuries but police say a woman was arrested on suspicion of common assault. The march though was largely peaceful and attracted about 250 people. We hear from UKIP leader Nigel Farage and Transport spokeswoman Jill Seymour.

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