Protesters shout ‘shame on you’ in front of police during ‘Kill the Bill’ march

Protesters carrying banners, waving flags and beating drums could be heard and chanted ‘Kill the Bill’ (Image: PA/Rex)

Hundreds of activists defied the cold to protest against the Government’s Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill London last night.

Protesters carrying banners, waving flags and beating drums could be heard chanting ‘Kill the Bill’ as they demonstrated in Parliament Square.

The crowd could also hear shouts of ‘shame on you’ and ‘who do you serve?’ in city ​​police officers are working at the rally.

In footage of the protest, protesters can be seen jostling with officers, who appear to be trying to stop them from blocking the road.

One person has been arrested, a Met Police spokesman confirmed.

The PCSC bill is a wide-ranging legislation that would give police new powers to impose conditions on nonviolent protests deemed too noisy or disruptive.

The bill also proposes to increase the maximum penalty for those who destroy or damage a memorial from three months to 10 years.

It will give police greater ‘prevention and search’ powers and new powers to ‘deal with illegal detention’ that may affect gypsy communities and tourists.

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The controversial PCSC bill has been widely condemned (Image: SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock)
Protesters jostle with police in Parliament Square on Wednesday night (Image: SOPA Images/REX/Shutterstock)

The bill also proposes tougher penalties for those found guilty of assaulting emergency services workers and gives police more data collection powers.

In summer, Thousands of people took to the streets in cities across the UK to protest the legislation, with demonstrations taking place in London, Manchester, Bristol and Newcastle among others.

In Bristol, the protests turned violent when people toppled police cars, lit flares and started burning in the streets.

Several officers are said to have been ‘seriously injured’ during the protests, which has also led to arrests.

The PCSC . Bill remove the House of Representatives by 365 votes to 265 in July, it is currently passing through the House of Lords.

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