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By Steven Swinford, and Tom Whitehead 10:36PM BST 27 Mar 2011 FOLLOW THE TELEGRAPH ON SOCIAL MEDIA »
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Commander Bob Broadhurst, the head of public order for the
Metropolitan Police, warned that the anarchists would be "deliberately
targeting" the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on April 29.
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London and divert resources away from my security plan and take our
eye off the ball security wise," he said.

Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, was under fire last night for speaking at
the TUC march, during which the violence occurred. Writing in The Daily
Telegraph, Boris Johnson, the Mayor of London, said Mr Miliband would
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have been "quietly satisfied" by the chaos and claimed it was not Loading
surprising there was violence as Labour was failing to offer any
alternative to the cuts.  

The weekend's rally against the Government's austerity drive was
marred by splinter groups who attacked officers and targeted shops and
hotels. Mobs of masked anarchists pelted officers with sticks, paint
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footprint as it were is kept safe from protest.

"I'm dealing with a security operation in a city under a terrorist threat. We
will be putting in sterile zones, using counter-terrorist powers, closing
roads and [using] stop and search powers.
"Yesterday reinforced the fact that there does appear to be an appetite
out there to endorse violence.”

Referring to Saturday’s disturbances, he added: “These are criminal
acts, every one of these buildings is being treated as a crime scene and
we will get a lot of CCTV back.

“I would say that if you were involved in the violence then the chance is
that we will be arresting you in the near future.”

But he also admitted that his officers struggled to keep up with the
violence as the Met faced criticism from some quarters over its handling
of the event.

He said: “They never allowed themselves to get stopped or detained by
us. I would describe it as hit-and-run tactics, they were always just ahead
of us getting sufficient protective resources there to stop them.

“They were using light bulbs filled with ammonia, petrol bombs and
smoke flares. Any one of these can kill not just a police officer but a
member of the public. These people are willing to resort to this naked
violence in front of cameras. It is almost as if they have no fear of judicial
process in this country.”

Brian Paddick, a former deputy assistant commissioner with the Met, said
the police should have made more use of their powers to unmask
protesters and stop and search them for weapons.

He said: “They have got to take people out on the day, not take photos
and arrest them later. Only if these people believe they will get caught
because they will be unmasked and arrested will they desist from
carrying out these attacks.”

Commander Broadhurst insisted that police had been unable to find
sufficient evidence to arrest people before the marches. He said: “We
are not a police state, we are not the thought police, we cannot read
people’s minds.”

Last night two of the 201 people arrested in connection with the disorder
were charged. Omar Ibrahim, 31, from Glasgow, was charged with violent
disorder and assaulting a police officer.

A 17-year-old boy was charged with possessing an offensive weapon
and being equipped for criminal damage.



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