Protests and Demonstrations advice

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  • The public have the right to peaceful protest and Northumbria Police will work with demonstration organisers and protestors to facilitate that right.

  • You’ve probably seen coverage of large demonstrations on tv. We need to ensure the safety of anyone taking part and anyone nearby. We expect protestors to show tolerance and respect the rights of others.

  • You need to recognise the difference between peaceful and non peaceful protest. Northumbria Police has a good history of working with organisations and protestors to facilitate such events.


  • Northumbria Police has a good history of dealing with peaceful protest, for example the English Defence League and previous student demonstrations, both of which had no arrests.

  • If you’re taking part, you need to be aware of your rights and what could happen if things go wrong. We’re there to help you as well, not to be judgemental so if you need help, if you’re worried in any way, come and talk to us.

  • If you are taking part in protests, here are a few key tips 

  1. Let people know where you’re going and when you’ll be back

  2. Make sure you have suitable clothing

  3. Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged