Woman arrested on suspicion of breaching Covid rules following 'protest' in Hutton

A woman who reportedly attended a protest outside of the Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters has been arrested.

Tuesday, 17th November 2020, 12:56 pm

Police warned gatherings of more than two people outdoors is not permitted following reports a protest was set to take place outside of the headquarters in Saunders' Lane today (November 16).

Officers later posted the protest, which was reportedly attended by around six people, passed with minimum disruption.

However, police have now confirmed a woman was arrested at the scene on suspicion of breaching Covid legislation and remains in custody.

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The 31-year-old was allegedly apprehended by officers while inside a vehicle on the A59 in Hutton at around 1.30pm.

Speaking on protests, a spokesperson for Lancashire Police said: "We are currently in the midst of a pandemic and a national lockdown and gatherings of this nature are a public health issue. There are vulnerable people in the community and you will be putting these people at risk.

"Gatherings of more than two people outdoors from outside your household is not allowed and even then, only for the purpose of exercise.

"We will have a planned policing operation in place and will continue to engage with the organiser and explain the current position, which if necessary, will include enforcement options of dispersal and fines for attendees as well as organisers."

The protest reportedly took place outside of Lancashire Constabulary Headquarters. (Credit: Google)

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