Police use Section 35 Antisocial, Crime and Policing Order Act 2014 to prevent further violence following student protests

Police attended reports of a student protest shortly after 15:10hrs today, Wednesday, 4 November, a small group of protestors threw paint outside the Home Office and another group attempted to push their way into the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) building but were prevented by police.

During this spell, a small number of smoke bombs and eggs were thrown at police outside BIS.
A cordon was put in place across Victoria Street at the junction with Dacre Street, SW1 to prevent disorder.

There was no containment in place.
Officers have made 12 arrests for public order offences.

When the march and rally had ended a group of around 50 protestors continued to make their way through central London, walking in and out of traffic, blocking the road and the pavement causing disruption to the local community.

At around 16:40hrs the group were stopped by police in Piccadilly and contained to prevent them causing further disruption and prevent further criminal activity.

Police implemented a dispersal order under Section 35 of the Antisocial, Crime and Policing Order Act 2014 to prevent further crime or alarm, harassment or distress and the group were escorted away from the area to Charing Cross railway station.

They have since dispersed and there were no arrests linked to this dispersal.