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Hundreds of people join Black Lives Matter protests across Cornwall

Hundreds of people join Black Lives Matter protests across Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:29am 8th June 2020. (Updated at 8:54am 8th June 2020)

Hundreds of people across Cornwall have taken part in Black Lives Matter protests across the Duchy.

Anti-racism demonstrations were held in the likes of Falmouth, St Ives, Truro and Camborne on Sunday.

It was in response to the death of George Floyd in police custody in the US.

A protest was also held in Penzance, where police say there was an 'incident of violence'.

No other details have been released yet but officers are appealing for anyone who has video footage of what happened on Causewayhead.

"At around 3pm today, during the protest at the bottom of Causewayhead, Penzance, there was an incident of violence that occurred.

"We are currently looking in to this incident and are keen for any video footage that may have been taken at the time that may assist us with our enquiries."

Penzance Police

Anyone who is able to help please email footage to 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk quoting log number 0476 of 07/06/20

It comes as the Prime Minister says anti-racism protests have been "subverted by thuggery" that betrays their cause.

Boris Johnson was speaking after trouble flared for a second day in central London, with police drawing their batons and scuffling with protesters as they tried to force their way through to a restricted area.

Police were forced to run as bottles were thrown near the stone arches at the junction of King Charles Street and Whitehall.

Eight officers were injured after the trouble started at around 7.30pm on Sunday with the Met Police saying 12 people were arrested for public order offences.

The prime minister tweeted: "People have a right to protest peacefully & while observing social distancing but they have no right to attack the police.

"These demonstrations have been subverted by thuggery - and they are a betrayal of the cause they purport to serve. Those responsible will be held to account."

A statue of a slave trader and merchant, which has been the subject of an 11,000-strong petition to have it removed, was also pulled down and dumped in the harbour in Bristol.

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