Kill The Bill riot – Police take back claims officers suffered broken bones and punctured lung at violent protest


POLICE have taken back claims that officers suffered broken bones and a punctured lung at Bristol’s Kill the Bill riot last Sunday.

Avon and Somerset Police on Monday said 20 officers were assaulted and injured during violent clashes with protesters. 

Protesters clashed with riot cops until the early hours of Monday morning over the new policing bill

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Protesters clashed with riot cops until the early hours of Monday morning over the new policing billCredit: Splash
Protesters set fire to a police van during the protests on Sunday night

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Protesters set fire to a police van during the protests on Sunday nightCredit: LNP
Protesters squared up to riot police in Bristol city centre on Sunday night

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Protesters squared up to riot police in Bristol city centre on Sunday nightCredit: SWNS

Avon and Somerset Police had previously claimed that officers had suffered broken bones during the stand-off with rioters – and one had been left with a punctured lung.

But today, a Force spokesperson said: “Thankfully following a full medical assessment of the two officers taken to hospital, neither were found to have suffered confirmed broken bones.”

A massive investigation has been launched into assaults against 40 officers and one journalist during the night of carnage. 

Police have made eight arrests so far and one man has been charged with possession of an offensive weapon. 

On Tuesday evening, cops arrested a further 14 people as protests erupted again in Bristol city centre. 

That same day, officers released the pictures of 10 suspects they wished to speak to in relation to Sunday’s riot. Cops released images of a further eight suspects on Wednesday night.

Thousands of protesters joined the “Kill the Bill” march on Sunday night over plans to give cops more powers to tackle non-violent marches.

The mob shouted “Shame on you” as at least two police vehicles were set on fire, while others were smashed up, daubed with graffiti and had their tyres let down.

A demonstrator skateboards in front of a burning police vehicle during a protest against a new proposed policing bill

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A demonstrator skateboards in front of a burning police vehicle during a protest against a new proposed policing billCredit: Reuters
Hundreds of people gathered at College Green in Bristol before marching to a police station on nearby Bridewell Street

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Hundreds of people gathered at College Green in Bristol before marching to a police station on nearby Bridewell StreetCredit: Reuters
Riot police with dogs and horses clear College Green on Tuesday

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Riot police with dogs and horses clear College Green on TuesdayCredit: LNP

Yobs armed with baseball bats also smashed glass panels of Bristol’s Bridewell police station while officers in riot gear and on horseback attempted to disperse the baying crowd.

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill would give forces in England and Wales more power to impose conditions on non-violent protests, including those deemed too noisy or a nuisance, with fines or jail for those convicted.

Ch Supt Carolyn Belafonte, who is overseeing the investigation into the protests, said: “Our investigation is continuing at pace but it is painstaking work.

Ch Supt Carolyn Belafonte, who is overseeing the investigation into the protests, said: “Our investigation is continuing at pace but it is painstaking work.

“Our online gallery, which currently has 18 images within it, has been viewed more than 80,000 times since it was launched – and we’ve received more than 200 calls and around 280 evidential submissions from the public to date. 

“This is a phenomenal response and we’re grateful for every piece of information.”

Anyone with information on the latest images released by police has been urged to provide it via a dedicated form on the Force’s website. 

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via their Anonymous Online Form.

Protesters attempted to push over a police van

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Protesters attempted to push over a police vanCredit: Reuters
Riot police clash as they break up a protest on Bristol’s College Green

 





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