Manchester Metrolink services had to be suspended for a time on Saturday 27th March after a group protesting against the Police and Crime Bill blocked the tram tracks. 18 protestors were arrested after being removed from the tracks at the end of what was described as a “largely peaceful” protest.
The majority of the protestors had left by 1600 but a few had remained in the St Peter’s Square area which is when the tracks were blocked.
Andy Sidebotham, Chief Superintendent at the Great Manchester Police, said: “I understand the desire to peacefully protest but by blocking trams this smaller group prevented passengers from travelling to work for essential journeys, including health and care workers. This was clearly unacceptable and, in our duty to serve the public, we could not allow to be tolerated any longer.”