Students From Across West Protest In Bristol

Around 2 thousand Students from across the West have been protesting against education cuts and the rise in tuition fees at a demo in Bristol

Over several hours the protesters played a cat and mouse game of chase with police around the city centre.

Police have thanked the majority of protesters. Around 2,000 people were in attendance and the event was largely peaceful resulting in just four arrests for minor public order offences.

Traffic in the centre of Bristol was badly disrupted with particular problems on St Augustine's Parade, Park Street, Park Row and Anchor Road.

At one point the students forced entry into the union building on Queen Street and a number of them were occupying the premises on Wednesday evening.

Chief Inspector Mark Jackson said: "The policing response was proportionate and officers were there to facilitate peaceful protest. The majority of people taking part were well behaved and caused minimal disruption. I would like to thank traders and motorists for their cooperation."

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