Thousands take part in Brighton protests held in ‘good spirits’

Police facilitated three planned marches in the city today (September 24)
Police facilitated three planned marches in the city today (September 24)

Thousands of people took part in a number of peaceful protests during a busy weekend in Brighton.

Police facilitated three planned marches in the city today (September 24) – Save Our NHS, Pro Europe and Movement for Justice – all of which were held in ‘good spirits’, said a spokesman.

They attracted around 2,000 supporters and coincided with the annual Labour Party conference, which runs until Wednesday (September 27).

Superintendent Jane Derrick said: “The Labour Party conference, the planned protests and Brighton and Hove Albion’s home match against Newcastle – in addition to residents and visitors in the city – made for an extremely busy weekend.

“However, months of planning for this day ensured we were well prepared to facilitate and respond to any issues.

“At times there was some congestion in the city centre, and we worked closely with Brighton and Hove City Council, Brighton and Hove Buses and other emergency services to ensure this was kept to a minimum.

“We’ve received lots of positive feedback from people and I’d like to thank everyone as we reflect on an enjoyable weekend in Brighton.”

No arrests were made in connection with the conference, its fringe events or either of the protests.