Police: Protest Groups

House of Lords written question – answered on 28th February 2011.

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Photo of Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government, following the statement by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in its 2011 review that "protests escalated to include violence against officers on the ground and attacks on iconic buildings", what is their assessment of any trend in protests becoming more violent or disruptive.

Photo of Baroness Neville-Jones Baroness Neville-Jones Minister of State (Home Office) (Security)

The Government share the assessment of HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) that there has been an increase in protest activity in size, frequency and spread across the United Kingdom. The Government will continue to work with the police to assess threats and risks of public disorder going forward and agree with HMIC's assessment that the police must be ready to adapt to swiftly changing circumstances and real-time events.

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