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Protest close to police headquarters at Hutton passes with ‘minimal disruption’

Posted on - 16th November, 2020 - 4:04pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Longton & New Longton, Penwortham, Preston News, South Ribble News
The entrance to the Lancashire Police headquarters at Hutton off the A59 Pic: Google
The entrance to the Lancashire Police headquarters at Hutton off the A59 Pic: Google

Lancashire Police issued a warning about a protest which was set to happen close to Hutton today (Monday, 16 November).

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The protest, understood to be an anti-lockdown protest, did not see a large turnout and the police have thanked the people of Preston and South Ribble on their social media account.

However, LancsLive report that a 31-year-old woman from Preston was arrested nearby on suspicion of breach of Covid legislation.

During the afternoon, the police warned people that attending such a protest would be breaking the law as we are in the midst of a pandemic and a national lockdown, and gatherings of this nature are a public health issue.

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They advised people to be mindful of the vulnerable people in the community, and reminded people that gatherings of more than two people outdoors from outside your household is not allowed.

Police liaised with the organiser and made them aware that if the protest were to go ahead, they would disperse it and fine attendees and organisers.

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Preston Police released a statement on their Facebook page which stated: “In relation to the previous post regarding the planned protest, this has now passed with the minimum of disruption.

“We would like to thank the community for the support in protecting the vulnerable in our communities.”

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