Police: Protest

Home Office written question – answered on 1st June 2022.

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Photo of John Hayes John Hayes Conservative, South Holland and The Deepings

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the financial impact on police forces of lock-on protests.

Photo of Tom Pursglove Tom Pursglove Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice and Home Office)

Lock-ons can take a long time to remove, drawing police resources away from local communities. Millions of pounds of taxpayers' money is spent policing protests where this tactic is used. The lock-on offence and the associated stop and search power will allow the police to pro-actively tackle protesters who plan to lock-on.

The Public Order Bill's Impact Assessment can be found here: Impact Assessment - Public Order Bill - 17May22.PDF (parliament.uk)

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