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Four arrests made following Black Lives Matter protest in Truro

Four arrests made following Black Lives Matter protest in Truro

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 10:09am 16th June 2020. (Updated at 11:36am 16th June 2020)

Four people have been arrested following a Black Lives Matter protest in Truro.

Around 1,500 people attended the event on Lemon Quay on Monday afternoon.

At the same time, a separate group of around 60 people also gathered on Boscawen Street, which they say was to protect the war memorial.

The Black Lives Matter protest passed by peacefully on Lemon Quay, with police officers giving first-aid to one person who fainted. 

After this had finished, a group of around 200 Black Lives Matter protestors made their way onto Boscawen Street and a so-called stand-off ensued between the two separate groups. They were kept apart by police officers. 

Some missiles, consisting of apples, coins and eggs were thrown, however, no injuries were reported. 

Three people in the Black Lives Matter protest group were arrested on suspicion of affray in relation to the throwing of missiles. 

The two men, aged 35 and 23, and a 59-year-old woman, all from Falmouth, have been released on police bail until 7th July. 

Police are also investigating a report of racial abuse being directed at three members of the Black Lives Matter protestors in Boscawen Street. It is believed to have been perpetrated by a person in the second group. 

A 31-year-old man from Truro has been arrested on suspicion of an offence under the Public Order Act and remains in police custody at this time. 

“The significant majority who attended these protests were peaceful and came to get behind their respective causes. 

“A small minority caused trouble at the end and the police acted quickly, making three arrests after missiles were thrown. At least one missile landed on a local taxi. 

“We are also investigating an offence of racial abuse directed at three Black Lives Matter protestors and are reviewing both CCTV and police body-worn video, which records audio, as part of our enquiries.”

Chief Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith, Police Commander for Cornwall

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