Met 'aware' of video appearing to show officer push over one-legged man at anti-vax demo

18 December 2021, 17:45 | Updated: 18 December 2021, 22:04

Several police officers have been injured in clashes with anti-vaccine protesters in London
Several police officers have been injured in clashes with anti-vaccine protesters in London. Picture: Alamy

By Daisy Stephens

The Met has said it is "aware" of a video appearing to show a police officer pushing over a man with a prosthetic leg during Saturday's anti-restriction demonstration.

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In a tweet, the force said it had received a complaint in relation to the video and said it would be "properly considered".

"We're aware of this video showing a man being pushed backwards by an officer on Whitehall," said the Met.

"Officers were dispersing demonstrators following an outbreak of disorder in which they subjected to abuse & physical violence.

"A complaint has been received & will be properly considered."

Thousands of people gathered in central London on Saturday to protest mandatory vaccination.

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The Met said earlier that "a number of officers" had been injured in clashes between police and protesters.

In a statement, the force said protesters gathered in the vicinity of Downing Street and threw "projectiles, including beer cans and a flare" at officers.

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Thousands of people gathered in the vicinity of Downing Street
Thousands of people gathered in the vicinity of Downing Street. Picture: Alamy

The Met added officers on Whitehall were "subjected to abuse and physical violence" as they tried to contain crowds.

"There is a significant police presence in the area as officers continue to respond to any outbreaks of disorder," said the force.

"At this stage, there have been no arrests."

The protest has been going on for much of the day.

Just after midday demonstrators attempted to stop a group of officers who were escorting a police motorcyclist through a crowd of people in a road, the Met said, resulting in some officers suffering "minor injuries".

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Police have fought to contain crowds
Police have fought to contain crowds. Picture: Alamy

Shortly before 3pm, protesters who had made their way to Regent Street egged a shop and "began directing abuse" towards staff and customers inside.

The Met said officers quickly intervened and no injuries were reported.