The planned demonstration that was held in the city centre of York today has now concluded.
(North Yorkshire Police and the Yorkshire Ambulance service engaging with the demostrators)
A policing operation was in place and officers facilitated a safe march by demonstrators on a route through the city centre culminating at York Minster at 4.00pm with normality returning to the city centre.
(North Yorkshire Police officers with the police mounted section in York today)
Speaking about the policing approach taken today, Assistant Chief Constable Mark Pannone said:
“I’m pleased to say that the protest today went ahead without any incident. Officers were patrolling and engaging with protestors to ensure a peaceful event took place. We have well-rehearsed plans in place for dealing with these kind of large-scale events. The detailed planning that has gone into managing today’s demonstration has meant that it has passed off without issue.
“I’m particularly pleased that we were able to minimise disruption to residents, businesses and people shopping in the city centre on one of the busiest shopping days in the run-up to Christmas. I’d like to thank all residents, business owners and visitors for their patience and understanding while the march passed through the city centre.”