Downing Street arrest

Police are chasing “Kill the Bill” protestors through the streets of Soho making arrests in Tottenham Court Road. Officers were filmed dragging protestors off the street as they tried to run away while others were stationed to protect the Winston Churchill statue in Parliament Square. Dozens of officers jumped on one protestor lifting him up before slamming him to the pavement outside Downing Street. Police had urged protesters in central London to leave “immediately”, warning that “enforcement activity” will take place shortly. A tweet from the Metropolitan Police Events account said: “Officers continue to engage with the crowds causing disruption in central London, however we will shortly being moving towards enforcement activity. “Please can we ask people to head home immediately.” It comed after hundreds of people blocked Westminster Bridge on Monday evening - as MPs debated new policing legislation that would give officers more powers to crack down on protests. Crowds had gathered in the afternoon in nearby Parliament Square for a vigil in memory of Sarah Everard, holding placards with slogans including “silence will not protect us” and “women matter”. Chants of “sisters united will never be defeated” rang out and the crowd listened to speeches as dozens of police officers watched on. Speakers at the rally also railed against the proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill and Scotland Yard’s handling of a vigil on Saturday, when officers clashed with crowds gathered on Clapham Common. The protest comes after the IOPC also confirmed it will investigate a probationary constable who was on duty at a cordon in Kent supporting the search operation for Ms Everard when he allegedly shared an inappropriate graphic with colleagues via social media on Thursday. A statement by the watchdog added: “In relation to a statement from the Mayor of London calling for the IOPC to investigate the actions of MPS officers at a vigil for Ms Everard held in south London on Saturday evening, this type of investigation is not within our remit but we have discussed this further with Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Service (HMICFRS) to consider how concerns might be included in work being undertaken by HMICFRS.” The IOPC said a mandatory referral from the Met over the actions of police after they received a report that Ms Everard was missing had been looked into but that the matter was being returned to the force “to be handled in a reasonable and proportionate manner”.