Racist thuggery and attacks on police condemned

Like many others, I am appalled to see the dreadful scenes of racist thuggery and attacks on our police over the weekend. I condemn this unacceptable behaviour, anyone attacking our police will be met with the full force of the law/

These marches and protests have been subverted by violence and breach the clear guidelines on social distancing that are in place – as Ministers have set out throughout the week the only responsible course of action is to stay away from these protests . Assaults on our police officers and racist abuse are abhorrent and completely unacceptable, and anyone found participating in the disorderly behaviour, abuse or violence that puts people in danger will be met by the full force of the law and brought to justice. Coronavirus remains the biggest threat facing this country, and we are urging everyone to not attend further protests so we can stop the spread of this disease and save lives.