Dozens attend peaceful 'Kill the Bill' protest in Luton

Dozens of people attended a protest Luton last week against a government bill which could give police discretionary powers to shut down any public gathering.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 4:34 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 4:36 pm
The protest ended outside Luton Police Station

The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill has already passed its second reading in the House of Commons.

Critics of the bill claim it gives police forces in England and Wales "sweeping" powers to shut down protests and that is an affront to free speech.

On Saturday, April 4, a protest was held against the proposed bill outside Luton Police Station and Luton Town Hall.

Speakers included representatives from Luton Trades Union Council, the Palestine Solidarity Campaign, the Muslim LGBT Network and Extinction Rebellion Luton.

Chief Inspector Jamie Langwith, from Bedfordshire Police’s local policing command, said: “On Saturday (4 April), an estimated 45 people took part in a peaceful protest for around two hours in Luton, to demonstrate against the proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

“The group walked from St George's Square to Luton Police Station and then dispersed.

“There was no requirement for any police action."