Protesters Rally in Bristol Against Police, Crime, Sentencing, and Courts Bill

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The outside of a police station in the city centre was vandalized.

At least nine cars had the windscreens smashed in and vandalised as a wave of violent protest hit Bristol last night.

Police said missiles had been thrown at them, including a firework, and that they have been verbally abused.

Pictures showed mounted officers intervening to disperse the large crowd that had gathered outside the police station.

Bristol mayor Marvin Rees, who said he had "major concerns" about the bill, condemned the violence and said the unrest would be used to justify the legislation.

"Avon and Somerset Police Federation are attending stations to support officers".

Avon and Somerset Police said it had requested help from neighbouring forces to bring the situation under control.

John Apter, the national chair of the Police Federation, told Good Morning Britain that the peaceful protest in Bristol was hijacked by a hardcore element.

Gloucestershire Police Federation tweeted the officer had been stamped on in the fracas.

"It wasn't people frustrated with the lack of ability to protest - this was people intent on causing serious disorder, violence and damage, people with a grudge against policing".

"Thoughts are with my colleagues".

Home secretary Priti Patel labelled the scenes as "unacceptable".

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A demonstration about plans to give the police more powers to deal with non-violent protests has turned violent.

Riot police, with police horses behind them, move down Rupert Street in Bristol.

"Thuggery and disorder by a minority will never be tolerated".

"These scenes are absolutely disgraceful and they will be widely condemned by people across the city".

"One officer suffered a broken arm and another suffered broken ribs".

"Both have been taken to hospital".

What started as a peaceful demonstration of around 3,000 people on College Green in the heart of the city in western England turned violent after hundreds of protesters descended on the New Bridewell police station.

Those convicted under the proposed legislation could face a fine or jail.

For more information on Kill the Bill York visit the protest's Instagram here.

Mass gatherings are now banned under the coronavirus legislation and anyone breaching the regulations could be fined.

Protesters carried placards with slogans such as "The Day Democracy Became Dictatorship" and "We Can't Be Silenced That Easy".

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