Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

New Evidence May Identify Thames Torso Boy

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

New Evidence May Identify Thames Torso Boy

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FINAL preparations are being put in place today for Sunday's countryside march which will see between 250,000 and 500,000 demonstrators descend on central London.

The Liberty and Livelihood March will cut the centre of the city in half, with the protest split into two parts which will converge on Whitehall for a rally which organisers claim will be the biggest in living memory.

A total of 210,000 people have already registered to march, with organisers predicting thousands more will come on the day to show their support for the Countryside Alliance, and protest at what it claims are the Government's antirural policies.

Police are warning of long delays across London, with sections of the capital, including the Embankment, Pall Mall and Westminster, due to be brought to a standstill. A total of 22 roads will be closed completely.

The demonstration will start at 10am and last for up to 10 hours. The Countryside Alliance has spent [pound]1 million organising the march, which will see 30 chartered trains and 2,500 coaches ferry thousands of protesters into the capital.

March director James Stanford said: "It just shows the strength of feeling in the countryside about these issues.

"It will without doubt be the largest civil rights demonstration ever held in London in the last 150 years, certainly I think since the Tolpuddle Martyrs."

The scale of the demonstration is so large that organisers followed police advice to split it into two parts to prevent congestion paralysing central London.

One section begins at Hyde Park while the other begins at Blackfriars, with the two converging in Whitehall.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Andy Trotter said: "We think it will be the biggest march in recent history" The alliance is expecting heavy support from the Conservative party, with leader Iain Duncan Smith and his family joined by 15 shadow cabinet members. …

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