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Woman arrested after crowd gathered for ‘anti-lockdown protest’

Written by on 07/11/2020

A woman has been arrested after an alleged anti-lockdown protest in Sheffield today, South Yorkshire Police have confirmed.

Around 30 people gathered at Barker’s Pool in Sheffield city centre this afternoon, November 7, in protest of the second national coronavirus lockdown currently imposed across England.

Pictures posted to social media showed the group huddled in front of the City Hall with a banner displaying messages including, “Restore human rights that have been violated” and “end the tyranny”.

According to South Yorkshire Police, the group were approached by officers and encouraged to disperse, only for them to re-congregate a short distance away at Peace Gardens.

In a statement the force confirmed one woman was arrested after failing to provide her details when served with a Fixed Penalty Notice.

A spokesperson for the force said: “Police have arrested one person following a gathering in Sheffield city centre today (Saturday 7 November).

“Approximately 30 people gathered in Barker’s Pool, where our officers engaged with the group and explained that the gathering was unlawful under the current national restrictions.

“After several attempts by police to engage and encourage compliance, the group moved off and re-congregated near to the Peace Gardens.

“One woman was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice, but refused to provide details and was therefore arrested on suspicion of participating in an unlawful gathering and is currently in custody. The group then dispersed.”