Three arrested after hundreds turned out to protest in Newcastle

Three people have been arrested after hundreds gathered to protest against violence against women and the right to hold a protest in Newcastle City Centre.

A police line formed on Grainger Street on Sunday 21 March, as crowds shouted "shame on you" at officers.

Protestors then marched down Market Street.

The nationwide campaign for women's safety follows the death of Sarah Everard. The 33-year-old marketing executive went missing while walking home from a friend’s flat in London on 3 March.

People are also protesting against the Police, Crime and Sentencing Bill. It would change how protests are policed and making some aspects of the Coronavirus Act permanent.

It comes as the UK remains in a national lockdown, which bans gatherings. Police say Covid regulations are still in place, making this illegal activity.