Police warning for Barnsley town centre demonstrators

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Police are stepping patrols in Barnsley town centre tomorrow during a planned protest in the town centre.

Hundreds of people are expected to gather at the town hall between 1pm and 2.15pm calling for improved safety in the town centre following the serious sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in the Alhambra underpass earlier this month.

The group will march from the Town Hall, down Regent Street, along Eldon Street, up Market Hill and back to the Town Hall.

The protest is on the same day as the Live in Barnsley event, which will see hundreds of people gather to watch bands at venues across the town.

Temporary Chief Supt Tim Innes, district commander for Barnsley, said: “We’ve put plans in place to ensure this march can pass peacefully causing as little disruption as possible to those hoping to enjoy Barnsley town centre and particularly the ‘Live in Barnsley’ event.

“We, of course, respects everyone’s democratic right to protest and officers will be on duty to ensure a peaceful and safe protest for those involved, as well as the wider community of Barnsley.

“However, should anyone attend with the intention to cause or participate in disorder, they will be identified and dealt with.

“We expect everyone taking part in the event to behave appropriately and respect the right of other people to go about their daily lives with minimum of disruption.”

For further information on the march please follow @sypbarnsley