Woman fined over counter-protest to Black Lives Matter vigil in Sunderland

A woman has been given a penalty notice after being arrested as part of a counter-protest to a Black Lives Matter vigil in Sunderland.

Friday, 26th June 2020, 3:27 pm
Updated Friday, 26th June 2020, 3:27 pm

The 38-year-old was taken into custody by Northumbria Police yesterday evening, Thursday, June 25, after a small group attended to voice opposition to the event as it was being held in Keel Square by Sunderland Unites.

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The force said she was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence and has since been issued with a penalty notice.

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Northumbria Police were in attendance at the vigil.

It issued a Section 14 in the lead up to the vigil, banning any other public assembly, including counter-protests in the interest of public safety.

Last night’s event saw around 60 supporters take part in the vigil, which saw people take the knee in a show of solidarity, speeches and a minute’s silence for the three men who died in last weekend’s suspected terror attack in Reading.

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