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Bristol protest was 'hijacked by extremists', says Chief Constable Andy Marsh

Telegraph, 22 Mar 2021
Andy Marsh, chief constable of Avon and Somerset Police, said Sunday's 'Kill the bill' protest which turned violent was "hijacked by extremists".

"I believe the events of yesterday were hijacked by extremists, people who were determined to commit criminal damage, to generate very negative sentiment about policing and to assault our brave officers," he said.

Twenty officers were injured in clashes on Sunday night, one of which with a suspected punctured lung having been stamped on by a rioter, a senior Avon and Somerset Police officer said.

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