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'Kill the Bill' protestors take to the streets of London

Thousands of ‘Kill the Bill’ protesters take to the streets of London, Brighton, Newcastle, Sheffield and Bristol despite Prince Philip’s funeral today

  • Hundreds of people have taken to the streets of London, Brighton, Newcastle and Bristol this afternoom
  • The protestors have been accused of showing ‘no respect’ to the Royal Family ahead of Prince Philips’ funeral 
  • Police said yesterday they were expecting a ‘busy day’ despite it being a ‘significant day for the entire nation 

Thousands of Kill the Bill protesters who have taken to the streets of London this afternoon have been accused of ‘disrespect’ towards the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.

Placard-waving protesters have marched through the capital in another day of protests against the Government’s new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts bill.

Similar rallies are taking place across the UK in the likes of Brighton, Newcastle, Sheffield and Bristol.

It comes despite pleas from police on a significant day for the nation as Prince Philip is laid to rest in Windsor.

Kill the Bill protesters march by a giant screen at Piccadilly Circus showing the Queen and the late Duke of Edinburgh

A masked protester holds a loud speaker aloft at Wellington Arch, London, surrounded by other demonstrators in the capital

The Kill the Bill protesters marched through London this afternoon, despite the funeral of the Duke of Edinburgh 

One protestor said on Twitter ahead of the march: ‘On my way to Kill the Bill demo in London.

‘May as well protest while I can. Use it or lose it!’

The action has angered some who believed it should have been postponed until tomorrow in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh, who died aged 99.

One said: ‘Do these always offended socks have no respect at all. On the day of Prince Philip’s funeral, of all days.’

Another added: ‘The same fruit loops who won’t wear masks, complain that there is coverage of Prince Philip, complain about lockdown, moan about furlough and protest at every march blm, kill the bill, etc etc just woke troublemakers.

Several people on social media criticised the protesters for showing a lack of respect as they held marches today throughout the country

This protester waved a union flag aloft as they marched, holding a sign saying ‘we are going to miss you’ – perhaps in a nod to the Duke of Edinburgh

‘No idea about respect or responsibility.’

Yesterday the Met Police said they were expecting a ‘busy weekend.’

They said in a statement: ‘Ahead of what is expected to be a busy weekend, the Met is setting out the policing plan to deter crime and keep people safe across the capital.

‘Saturday is a significant day for the nation, as His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh is laid to rest in Windsor. While this event is not in London, the Met has had a protective security operation in place in the vicinity of Westminster and Buckingham Palace throughout the week to keep people safe and to deter criminal activity. This highly visible policing operation will continue through the weekend.

The Kill the Bill protesters during the march through London this afternoon, despite calls for it to be postponed 24 hours

The events are being held at a similar time to when the majority of the nation will take a moment to remember the Duke of Edinburgh, pictured during a garden party in 2017

‘On Saturday afternoon, the Met is aware that a number of people are set to gather in central London as part of a demonstration.’

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Jane Connors, leading the operation, said: ‘Last Friday we were all deeply saddened to learn of the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

‘Saturday will be a solemn day for the nation, as His Royal Highness’ funeral takes place in Windsor. We will continue to operate a bespoke policing plan in place around Buckingham Palace and Westminster, to keep people safe and to disrupt criminality.

‘We will also be deploying a number of officers ahead of a demonstration in central London. I must stress that we remain in a public health crisis and gathering in large numbers presents a real risk of transmitting Covid-19.

‘We have attempted to make contact with the organisers of Saturday’s demonstration, to explain the rules which they are required to follow in order to make their gathering lawful.’

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