Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cost of Policing Middle East Demonstrations Hits Pounds 30,000 ; Protests Have Seen Extra Officers Deployed to Help Keep the Peace in City Centre.

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Cost of Policing Middle East Demonstrations Hits Pounds 30,000 ; Protests Have Seen Extra Officers Deployed to Help Keep the Peace in City Centre.

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THE price of policing heated Middle East demonstrations in Manchester city centre has so far cost taxpayers Pounds 30,000, the M.E.N. can reveal.

Numerous demonstrations have taken place in Manchester city over the last four weekends - with a rally in Piccadilly Gardens today expected to be the largest protest yet.

High street stores such as Marks and Spencers and H&M have been among those targeted by protestors who claim the businesses are supportive of the Israeli government and its policies.

Last weekend, nearly 80 officers were deployed across the city centre to keep the peace, with counter-demonstrations being staged by pro-Israeli protesters.

Five people were arrested for public order offences last weekend and police have revealed a further seven demonstrators have been arrested and bailed in recent weeks for alleged anti-Semitic incidents.

The M.E.N. now understands that the additional costs of policing the city centre protests so far has exceeded Pounds 30,000.

Council bosses and police have warned that the demonstrations risk damaging community relations and making the thriving centre a no-go area for shop staff and the public.

They have urged the protesters to shift from the city centre, in particular away from King Street where an Israeli cosmetics firm has been repeatedly targeted. …

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