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he Home Secretary has said she is “disgusted” by violence directed towards police during another protest in Bristol as officers say they are concerned more disorder may follow.

Priti Patel said on social media that it was clear that “thugs” had only been intent on causing trouble at the the third Kill the Bill demonstration in Bristol on Friday.

She tweeted on Saturday: “I am disgusted by the disorder in Bristol and the violence being directedtowards the police.

“I’m in no doubt the silent, law-abiding majority will be appalled by the actions of this criminal minority.

“Despite repeated warnings to disperse, it’s clear these thugs were only intent on causing trouble.”

Her comments come after 10 arrests were made following what police called unacceptable “violent conduct” at the protest.

‘Kill The Bill’ protest – Bristol / PA Wire

Some 300 people initially joined a protest march through the city centre against the Government’s new Police Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill on Friday night, before the crowd swelled to more than 1,000 as tempers flared.

Police officers wearing helmets and holding shields moved towards the protesters after 10pm, after calling for the crowd to disperse due to Covid restrictions.

Avon and Somerset Police said glass bottles, bricks and eggs were thrown at officers and fireworks were launched at its mounted division, with one horse being daubed with paint.

Protesters had also shone laser lights into officers’ faces, the force said.

Superintendent Mark Runacres told BBC Breakfast on Saturday that the force was preparing for more protests over the next few days.

He said that changes in legislation on Monday will allow the force to engage more effectively with protest organisers.

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