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Demonstrators have hit the streets across the UK, calling for the end of legislation that would give police sweeping powers to crack down on peaceful protests.

Protesters carrying placards and banners have been chanting ‘kill the bill’ in a number of cities including London, Manchester and Leeds and Southampton.

Today’s rally in Manchester – against the new Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill – took place during a 48-hour police dispersal order for the entire city centre.

It comes after protests against the law in Bristol turned violent on March 21, with demonstrators setting a police van alight and throwing objects at officers.

So far today’s rallies have remained peaceful. As of Monday, protests became legal again under Covid rules, provided organisers carry out risk assessments and make efforts to keep people safe.

More to follow.