Police and Crime bill

Reports

‘That’s not the way to legislate’: Lords slam the Police and Crime Bill for being too big, wide-ranging and draconian

This week the government’s controversial proposed legislation was debated in the House of Lords, with peers joining a chorus of voices who have criticised its measures to quash protest and criminalise trespass.

Man gets 3½ years after pleading guilty to riot

Riot charges handed to Bristol Kill the Bill protesters are rare in recent history of unrest in Britain

Reports

Four more 'Kill the Bill' protesters plead not guilty to riot charge

The defendants could get lengthy jail terms if convicted when they stand trial in May and June next year in connection with the Kill the Bill protest on 21 March.

Reports

The Bristol Briefing: Kill the Bill protestors jailed for rioting, and Covid cases falling

Features

Pandemic evictions and the Police and Crime Bill leave travelling communities fearful of what comes next

Police used ‘excessive force’ during Bristol Kill the Bill protests, as parliamentary inquiry finds ‘significant failings’

A new report into policing of Bristol’s Kill the Bill protests and the Clapham vigil for Sarah Everard has found that police used excessive force and failed to distinguish between violent and peaceful protesters.

Retired riot cop breaks rank to say Police and Crime Bill must be stopped

In this exclusive interview, a retired Avon and Somerset police officer says the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is a democratic risk and could lead to more violence.

'I was pretty scared so I was just in a ball': Protesters speak out about police violence

We talk to protesters who say they were brutally attacked by police at the recent protests against the Police and Crime Bill.

What is the Police and Crime Bill, why does it matter, and why are people so angry?

The wave of dissent ongoing in Bristol looks set to continue across the UK as the Home Office’s Police and Crime Bill progresses. What’s at stake in the proposed legislation, how will it impact individuals and communities, and what alternatives do its opponents propose?

Bristol’s fourth Police and Crime Bill protest remains peaceful after hands-off policing

After last week’s protests against the Police and Crime Bill saw heavy-handed policing and clashes with protesters, the city’s fourth demo last night went ahead peacefully with no intervention from the police.

Debunked: Expired MOT does not prove police vehicle fires were ‘staged’

Ever since a police van and car were set alight during disturbances in Bristol, false claims have circulated on social media that the vehicles’ expired MOTs prove that the events were ‘staged’.

Police and Mayor ‘decided collectively’ to clear sit-down protest on College Green

In a candid radio interview with the Bristol Police Area Commander this morning, it was disclosed that police decided collectively with the Mayor to clear...

How Bristol politicians and election candidates have responded to Friday’s Police and Crime Bill protest

Statements by the parties and candidates on protests and policing in the lead up to May’s local elections.

Watch: Police forcefully break up Police and Crime Bill sit-down protest followed by major clashes

Around 1,000 defied Covid-19 restrictions to attend the third protest against the Police and Crime Bill in the space of a week.

Police violently shut down peaceful sit down occupation of College Green

The protest was peaceful before police arrived, with participants sitting down listening to speeches and singing.

Bristol and the Police and Crime bill; A day and night of protest and unrest

As videos gripped the world from the clashes on Sunday night, a report on the day’s events and how thousands protested against the Police and Crime Bill.

PHOTOESSAY: Scenes from a protest, scenes from a riot

A day and night of protest.

Watch: How the Police and Crime Bill riot in Bristol unfolded

Bristol is reeling after some of the most serious clashes between protestors and police seen in Britain for years.