UK policing recognises and upholds the right to democratic protest, and in normal circumstances we facilitate peaceful protest while minimising disruption to the wider public.
But coronavirus remains a deadly disease and there are restrictions in place to prevent its spread.
Ahead of two protests in Swansea on Saturday, February 27, officers worked to engage with protest attendees in order to remind them of their obligations under the current Coronavirus legislation, including the prohibition on meeting people outside your own household, and the overarching goal for everyone to take personal responsibility by following Welsh Government regulations to Stay at Home.
We are duty-bound to take into account all relevant legislation, and South Wales Police has strived to maintain a consistent policing style of engaging, explaining and encouraging, and enforcing as last resort where necessary, throughout this public health emergency.
This approach has been maintained.
Ten attendees have been reported for summons for breaching Covid-19 regulations.
All events of this nature are subject to a post-event investigation and appropriate retrospective action will now considered.