Nine people wanted over anti-lockdown protest violence that injured 14 police

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Nine people are being sought by police after violence erupted during an anti-lockdown protest in central London leaving 14 officers hurt.

Scotland Yard has released images of the people they want to speak to after the clashes in Hyde Park on Saturday.

Officers were pelted with bottles as they attempted to disperse a crowd of more than 100 demonstrators, the Metropolitan Police said.

The violence was described by one officer as the ‘worst I have seen in recent years’.

Protestors are said to have lashed out after police highlighted coronavirus restrictions and told them to leave the area.

Five of the 14 injured officers needed medical treatment.

Pictures shared on social media showed one female officer bleeding from a cut to her head.

Another officer shared a similar wound on his forehead.

Detective Chief Inspector Nat Norris said of the violence in Hyde Park: ‘These officers were simply trying to do their job and it can never be acceptable for them to be attacked in this way.’

The appeal comes as activists prepare to stage further protests in London over the bank holiday weekend, the Evening Standard reports.

Protestors are also set to gather tomorrow in Windrush Square, Brixton and later in Trafalgar Square to celebrate International Workers’ Day and rally together to ‘Kill the Bill’.

Demos are also set to take place across the country, with Bristol’s 11th ‘Kill the Bill’ protest planned for Saturday, alongside events in Bath and Taunton, according to the Bristol Post.

The events are fighting against the controversial proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill – which gives forces more power to crack down on protests.

Currently only groups of up to six people are allowed to meet outdoors, according to Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Mixing will be allowed indoors from May 17 at the earliest, according to step three of the Prime Minister’s plan.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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