Police arrest 15 in anti-austerity protest in London

Police arrest 15 in anti-austerity protest in London

Fifteen people, including a 16-year-old boy, were arrested following clashes with police during an anti-austerity protest close to Downing Street.

Officers in riot gear clashed with a “minority” of protesters who threw objects during the rally – which came after the Tory election victory.

Met Police said four police officers and a police staff member were injured.

A police investigation is also under way after graffiti referring to “Tory scum” was daubed on a war memorial.

Met Police said of the 15 arrested, 14 people been bailed pending further enquiries including a full review of CCTV footage and a 24-year-old man remains in custody after being arrested on suspicion of assault on police.

Graffiti was sprayed on the Women’s War Memorial, in London’s Whitehall, which is yards from where a concert to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day took place on Saturday.

Hundreds of anti-government protesters, some holding placards reading “I pledge to resist” and “Stop the cuts”, took part in the rally on Saturday, which began outside Conservative Party headquarters.

In a statement, the Met said 12 people were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder and three for assault on police.

Among the objects thrown at police were traffic cones and smoke bombs.

One officer suffered a dislocated shoulder and a police staff member was hit in the mouth by an object, the force said. Both were being treated in hospital.

Three other officers were assaulted but did not go to hospital, police added.