Demonstrators took to the streets on Friday evening to oppose the Government’s Police and Crime Bill. Avon and Somerset Police confirmed that projectiles including “eggs and glass bottles” were being thrown at officers. The Sun reported that fireworks were also seen to be thrown at the police.
Riot police were seen using shields to push back protestors who reportedly threw objects and fireworks at them.
At 10.35pm on Friday, Avon and Somerset Police tweeted: “Projectiles, including eggs and glass bottles, are being thrown at officers.
“Protestors are also pulling at officers’ shields while lasers are being shone in their faces. We will not tolerate violent disorder.
“Arrests have been made.”
An hour later, the police confirmed that a large number of protestors remained in the city.
They said: “A large number of people remain in Bristol.Officers dispersing the crowd are highly trained & accredited in public order.
“They have the ability to use reasonable force to prevent crime, protect people & property.
“We don’t want to use force but we have a duty to enforce the law.”
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