The superintendent of Greater Manchester Police has ordered the relocation of the National Stop Brexit rally and march being held to coincide with the Conservative Party Conference on Sunday, October 1st.
After consultation with an independent security expert, Greater Manchester Police have now sited the rally at All Saints Park and decided the march will terminate at the junction of Portland Street and Princess Street. The march has also been instructed to depart half an hour earlier at 1.30 p.m.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but these are circumstances beyond our control.
THE STATEMENT FROM GREATER MANCHESTER POLICE.
Dear Mr French,
Thank you for taking the opportunity to speak with me today. As you are aware after our meeting a few weeks ago Greater Manchester Police has been working with Manchester City Council to ensure that events on the 1st October take place in a safe and secure environment, whilst recognising people’s right to peaceful protest. I explained to you that the over the last few months the operational policing context nationally had changed, and the tragic events of today have further reinforced that view. I know you are aware that on the 1st October there are a number of static assemblies and marches taking place in Manchester. I am aware that you want an assembly that allows a number of speeches, and a protest march that takes you in sight of the Conservative Party Conference. In order to facilitate that request I have today requested that you have your assembly and rally at All Saints Park, Manchester.
Whilst I accept this is a change of location from that previously agreed I believe that to enable a safe and secure event, that causes minimum disruption to the community and potential for disorder, you will comply with this change in location.
I have also today requested that you look to start your march at 1.30pm. I know we have discussed the implications on this for yourself and your event, but as the police silver commander I have to be confident that I have a plan to manage the identified threats and risks on that day.
You will be aware that there are a number of marches along a similar route that day. As part of this change, for security reasons I will be dispersing your march in the area of Portland Street. On the day my liaison officers will work with you to ensure that your event takes place in a safe environment that allows peaceful protest.
I appreciate these implications may have a significant impact on your event, however I am grateful that you have been working closely with ourselves and Manchester City Council to organise a safe event on the highway, and I hope that today I have been able to reassure you of our commitment to working with you up to and on the day itself.
Superintendent, Greater Manchester Police