Charges brought after ‘Kill the Bill’ protests in central London

Katherine Johnston (06 April, 2021)

Woman from Peckham and man from Deptford among six charged

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A woman from Peckham and a man from Deptford are among six charged by police following last Saturday’s protests in central London.

Pippa Roikonen, aged 30, from Queens Road, was charged with assaulting an emergency worker. She is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, April 20. 

A man from Deptford was also arrested at the demonstration. 

Samuel Roberts, aged 31, from Bowditch in Deptford was charged with highway obstruction and obstructing a constable. He will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court at the same date.

Over a hundred people were arrested at the ‘Kill the Bill’ protests against new policing powers held throughout central London on Saturday.

This week former Labour home secretary David Blunkett has warned the new legislation would turn the UK into a country more akin to ‘Putin’s Russia’ and create a ‘lasting and toxic’ legacy.

The police, crime, sentencing and courts bill would give police extra powers to curb peaceful protests.

In a statement made on Saturday, April 3, Metropolitan Police Commander Ade Adelekan said: “The vast majority of people who turned out in central London today did so while adhering to social distancing.

“They engaged with my officers when required and left when asked – I would like to thank them for doing so.

“However a small minority did not engage and despite the repeated efforts of officers on the ground.

“This left us with no option but to move to an enforcement stage and arrests have been made.

“This has been another challenging day for officers on the ground and I want to thank them for their efforts throughout the course of today.

“We remain in the middle of a global pandemic and we have made great progress in controlling the spread of the virus; we will not allow the selfish actions of a small number of people to put Londoners progress in jeopardy.”

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