57 arrests in London G8 demos

Fifty-seven people have been arrested after yesterday's anti-capitalist protests in central London ahead of next week's G8 summit, the Metropolitan Police has confirmed.

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Thirty-two London protest arrests for various offences

Protesters clash with police in Golden Square, London. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Thirty-two people have been arrested for various offences during the G8 protests in London, including violent disorder, possession of pointed/bladed articles and a variety of public order offences, the Met Police said.

There were nearly 1,200 officers on duty during the demonstrations in the capital today, the force added.


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Police clash with protesters amidst anti-G8 demonstration

Police and protesters clashed in central London this afternoon amid anti-capitalist demonstrations.

Many demonstrators had their faces covered with scarves or masks, however police powers to stop and search in anticipation of violence and to require the removal of disguises were authorised this morning and remain in force.

News footage shows police tackling a protester to the ground in central London.

Six arrests have been made for alleged offences including possession of articles with intent to commit criminal damage, assault on police, criminal damage, possession of an offensive weapon and failing to remove a face covering.

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Six arrests made at London anti-capitalist protests

Police say they have made six arrests during the anti-capitalist protests taking place in central London.

Alleged offenses included one for assault on police, one for possession of a weapon and one for failing to remove a mask.

Police say they have arrested six people during the protests Credit: Jamie Kelsey-Fry

At 10.00 am the Met say officers executed a search warrant at a building in Beak Street after receiving reports that 'individuals were in possession of weapons and were intent on causing criminal damage and engaging in violent disorder'.

Police are removing protesters occupying the building in Soho
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