At least three protesters and one police officer have been treated by medical staff during clashes at an anti-lockdown protest in London’s Trafalgar Square.
Dozens of officers wore riot helmets as they penned in demonstrators and tried to shut down the rally, which was attended by thousands.
Crowds threw bottles at the officers and chanted “pick your side”, while police used batons against them and left some with visible injuries.
The Metropolitan Police released a statement saying those who stayed could face criminal penalties.
“Crowds in Trafalgar Square have not complied with the conditions of their risk assessment and are putting people in danger of transmitting the virus,” it read.
“This has voided their risk assessment and we have informed the event organisers they are no longer exempt from the regulations.
“We are now asking those in Trafalgar Square to leave. Officers will be engaging with crowds and informing them of this development.”
Conspiracy theorist David Icke earlier addressed the rally as they repeatedly chanted “freedom”.