Brighton police prepare for Smash EDO protests

Posted On 13 Oct 2010 at 9:11 am

Police are preparing  for a day of action by Smash EDO protesters in Brighton today (Wednesday, October 13).

Senior officers appealed for protest organisers to get in touch before today’s protest but received no information about Smash EDOs plans.

The protest is believed to be starting at 10am from the Wild Park Café in Moulsecoomb.

Brighton and Hove divisional commander, Chief Superintendent Graham Bartlett, who is in charge of today’s police operation, said: “Sussex Police fully supports the right to protest peacefully.

“Our aim today is to provide a safe and secure environment for protesters and local residents, to minimise disruption to the local community, and to prevent crime and disorder.

“We have endeavoured to speak to the organisers of the protest – as we do with all groups that protest in the city – to discuss their intentions and help facilitate their right to free speech in a highly visible and safe way.

“Unlike most other groups and in line with their previous events, they have not been in contact.

“Nevertheless, we have planned thoroughly for a number of scenarios to enable local people and businesses to continue with their lawful activities while the protest goes ahead.”

Officers were been briefed at Sussex Police HQ in Lewes early this morning before setting off to locations in Brighton, at 8.30am.

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