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Planned demonstrations in central London

News   •   Jun 21, 2020 14:23 BST

Ahead of the planned demonstrations today, Sunday, 21 June, Commander Alex Murray, who is spokesperson for the weekend, said:

"We value the right for people to make their voices heard, however we remain in a health pandemic and would therefore urge people to follow the regulations and not gather in groups of more than six people. We ask that you make yourself heard in other ways other than coming to London to demonstrate - this is to keep you, your friends and your family safe.

“However, if you do come to London, please ensure you socially distance at all times and more importantly, please do not engage in any violence. Keeping our communities safe is our top priority and as such, we have a proportionate policing operation in place.

“I also understand people may be feeling concerned following the tragic incident last night in Reading. Our thoughts are with all of those who have been affected.

“As the public would expect, we have reviewed our policing presence here in the Capital. I would like to reassure Londoners that we will continue to police proportionately to keep people safe, supported by a strong specialist capability if required.

“Counter Terrorism Police have confirmed that the threat level remains at substantial, and we ask Londoners to remain alert but not alarmed as they go about their daily lives. I encourage everyone to speak to officers about anything they are concerned about, and to remain vigilant when in public places. If you see or hear anything suspicious, please contact police or report it via www.gov.uk/act