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Protests in Berwick

Dated: 16 Feb 2013

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Police have acted to support the people of Berwick during a day of protests in the town.

Officers were out in force during protests in Berwick on Saturday and took immediate action to nip trouble in the bud.

Although most protesters behaved in an acceptable manner, there were instances of disorder and some clashes between groups.

Five people were arrested during the day; with one arrest for being drunk and disorderly, two for breach of the peace, one for possession of cannabis and one for disorderly conduct.

ACC Steve Ashman said: "Our role was to protect, reassure and support the people of Berwick.

"We worked with organisers from the protesting groups from an early stage, making it clear what we expected from them and what they could expect from us.

"A number of people failed to live up to their responsibilities and we acted immediately to head off any trouble. We quickly identified a number of potential trouble makers and escorted them from the town, others were arrested.

"A number of people have expressed their concerns to us over potentially racist language used during the protests.

"We will review information received during the day from the public, from protesters and from officers and appropriate action will be taken in cases where offences have been committed.

"Although we unwaveringly support peaceful protest, we are equally direct when we say we will not tolerate disorder of any kind."

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