Strikes gather momentum in Lewes

PROTESTERS were gathered at locations across Lewes this morning (Wednesday November 30) before they made their way to Brighton for the main demonstration.

Picket lines were seen outside County Hall, Lewes House, on the pavement by Lewes Prison and Lewes Crown Court.

Lewes Stop the Cuts told the Sussex Express there would be Unison pickets at Sackville House, Brooks Road, Southdown House and Sussex Police Headquarters.

Across Sussex, officers will facilitate what is anticipated to be a peaceful day of events and protest on public sector pensions by union members including hospital staff, teachers, immigration officers, paramedics, prison support, local government and, of course, police staff.

Chief superintendent Paul Morrison who is leading the police operation said: “Sussex Police will, as always, facilitate what is anticipated to be a peaceful day of protest and will protect the rights and freedom of others to go about their lawful business without fear of threats, intimidation or unreasonable disruption.

“In Brighton there is expected to be a large march and protest, with demonstrations also planned for Worthing, Horsham and Hastings.

“We have been engaging with the organisers, who have been very co-operative and have informed us of their planned routes and activities. This has helped us plan for the events, although exact numbers of protesters are unknown.”

“Everything is in place for those who wish to demonstrate peacefully within Sussex and I would encourage protestors planning to be out for the day to prepare for the cold weather. We are keen that they can express their views but I would ask parents and carers to speak to their children and make sure they understand the environment they will be entering.

“We do not anticipate any problems during the Sussex events however, we will not condone illegal acts as a way of voicing discontent. Our aim is to provide a safe and secure environment for protesters and to prevent crime and disorder.”

To minimise disruption to local communities Sussex Police has added information of the planned protests and marches due to take place in Sussex on its website, with details of routes and road closures.

Live information will be provided on the day on the Live Text web page and and Twitter, advising members of the public of the impact of industrial action and any changes to services, either by police or essential services provided by partners.

View live updates at www.sussex.police.uk/live or on Twitter @sussex_police