Anti-Ulez protesters arrested near Sadiq Khan’s home

The anti-Ulez protest took place near Sadiq Khan's home
The anti-Ulez protest took place near Sadiq Khan's home - Jamie Lorriman for The Telegraph
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Multiple anti-Ulez protesters have been arrested near Sadiq Khan’s home after police ordered them to disperse.

There were chaotic scenes on Saturday as officers pinned a number of demonstrators to the ground at the scene, marching down the street in a line to force people to leave the area.

It came after campaigners hostile to the London Mayor’s ultra-low emission zone announced plans to stage a “KHANAGE @ KHANS” demonstration near Mr Khan’s home in Streatham, south-west London.

The event was part of a campaign to highlight what they said was the damage done to motorists by the policy in the run-up to the London mayoral election next month.

Around 100 demonstrators, with accompanying vehicles including a bus and a fire engine, waved banners and used loudhailers but were swiftly issued with a S42 dispersal order by police, who were there in large numbers.

They were told to disperse on the basis they were “causing alarm and distress”. It comes amid heightened concerns about demonstrations outside politicians’ homes.

Police marched down the street in a line to force protesters to leave the area
Police marched down the street in a line to force protesters to leave the area - Jamie Lorriman for The Telegraph

Police gave the protesters 10 minutes to disperse. They also imposed conditions under S14 of the Public Order Act. Some time after that window, the protest leader told colleagues they should leave, but by that stage some appeared to be close to the advancing police line and were dragged to the ground and arrested shortly afterwards.

Seven were arrested in total, six under the Public Order Act and one for obstructing a highway. An officer could be seen putting out a smoke bomb with a fire extinguisher.

One eyewitness, who asked not to be named, said: “The police were coming from every direction by the time it kicked off, dozens and dozens of them.”

As London Mayor, Mr Khan is the equivalent of an elected police and crime commissioner for the Metropolitan Police.

Before the commotion, Claire Dyer, one of the protesters at the demonstration, told The Telegraph: “We’re not causing anyone alarm and distress. We’re just standing round making our message heard. We’re not going anywhere near Sadiq’s house.”

An officer could be seen putting out a smoke bomb with a fire extinguisher
An officer could be seen putting out a smoke bomb with a fire extinguisher - Jamie Lorriman for The Telegraph

In December, Just Stop Oil protesters who gathered outside the Islington home of Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, to sing climate change-inspired Christmas carols were ordered to move on.

There has also been outrage in recent months over the tactics of pro-Palestinian protesters who have targeted MPs’ family homes, including that of Tobias Elwood in Bournemouth.

Mr Khan, who is campaigning for an unprecedented third term as Mayor, has a team of roughly 15 police officers protecting him around the clock. He recently said in an interview that he receives threats “from a number of sides”.

In March a man was given a suspended prison sentence after calling police and saying that the Mayor was “going to get shot in the head”.

Commander Colin Wingrove said: “Protests outside or in the vicinity of people’s homes are not acceptable. Public figures and their families should be able to go about their daily lives without feeling threatened or intimidated.

“There are plenty of appropriate places to protest in London. Anyone who chooses to target a private home or nearby can expect to be dealt with by officers.”

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