News Desk - Update Met Police comments 2:55pm
2 arrests made
Students and their parents demonstrating against the coalition Governments policy on tuition fees have been controversially "kettled" in freezing temperatures in central London according to London Daily News reporters in Whitehall.
According to reports at least 70 police vans have assembled around Whitehall, despite student groups being granted permission by Westminster Council and the Met Police to march through Westminster to demonstrate against the coalition Governments policy on tuition fees.
Student groups have advised demonstrators to "disperse" and not allow the police to "kettle" demonstrators, with instructions to "walk fast" or "run" to avoid the police.
The Met Police have assured the public that they will not "be caught short again" following the scenes earlier this month of demonstrators smashing up 30 Millbank.
In a statement issued by the Metropolitan Police it was confirmed two arrests have been made:
"Today's march set off at an earlier time than agreed. This meant that the march began without a police escort. The police escort was essential due to gas main works on one side of Whitehall.
As a result, a line of police officers formed a cordon across Whitehall. This line of police officers intended to steer the march to one side of the road and the agreed route. There was never any intention to contain the protesters.
The march then broke into small groups, travelling in different directions.
The march continues peacefully, however it is causing some disruption for Londoners in the West End, in what are already difficult conditions due to the weather."
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