Demonstrations planned in Dover
Kent Police is continuing to prepare for the forthcoming demonstrations planned for Saturday 28 May and Sunday 29 May in Dover.
The exact timings and locations remain unconfirmed by organisers but officers are planning a proportionate response that will allow Kent Police to meet its legal obligation to facilitate peaceful protest.
At least 100 right-wing demonstrators are currently expected to attend on Saturday 28 May while it is not clear how many left-wing counter-demonstrators are intent on visiting at the same time.
Groups cannot be prevented from entering the town of Dover or demonstrating so long as the demonstration is peaceful and legitimate.
Kent Police and other partners will continue to work closely with the local community and businesses in the lead up to the demonstrations and every effort will be made to minimise disruption in Dover during the weekend.
As part of the policing response, there will be additional units including mounted police officers.
Disruption cannot be avoided
Deputy Chief Constable Paul Brandon said: ‘We are in contact with the organisers of the demonstrations so we can put together an appropriate and proportionate response to facilitate peaceful protest.
‘We are aware the organisers have planned a concert on the Saturday evening and a second event on the Sunday evening. We are waiting to be told exactly when and where these will be taking place.
‘However, there will be disruption in Dover over the weekend as a result, which, even with all the best plans in place, cannot be avoided.
‘The weekend is a Bank Holiday which historically sees increased tourist traffic for the Port of Dover and we know there are other local events planned. Our advice to those visiting the town for the weekend is to plan ahead, regardless of the purpose of your visit.
‘We believe that if people are warned in advance about potential disruption, they can make arrangements to avoid getting caught up in the demonstrations and go about their business.
‘As and when we have more information, we will make it available on our website, through the media and on social media.’