Brighton: Demo Arrests

Police have questioned 14 people about a fight during a day of marches and counter demonstrations in Brighton.

They were originally arrested on suspicion of breach of peace following an assault in Ship Street at around 9.30 Saturday morning, but have since been rearrested on suspicion of violent disorder.

An estimated 300 people took part in the No More Refugees march through the city which finished at Brighton station.

Anti-facist protestors organised a counter demonstration (see picture).

Police say in order to minimise disruption to traffic, buses and shoppers, officers continued to monitor a number of protestors who remained in the city after the majority had left.

Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp said: "We made 14 arrests within 10 minutes of being called to an incident Saturday morning, and I think that reflects our approach towards demonstrations – we are always happy to facilitate peaceful protests, but incidents of disorder and criminal activity will not be tolerated.

"We have had a lot of positive feedback from members of the public and consider the operation a success. Despite the clear intent of some taking part – to commit offences and create disorder – we have had no reported injuries or significant damage or disorder.”

"I would like to thank the public for their support and also my officers and staff who worked hard over several hours to keep the people of Brighton and Hove safe.”

Anyone else who saw the fight is asked to contact 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101, quoting Op Medland.

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