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Organisers of public processions are required by law to give police advance written notice AT LEAST 6 DAYS BEFORE the event occurs. Failure to do so may constitute a criminal offence.


What do I do now?

Protest march

Contact us with details of your event. It is helpful to give us as much notice as possible.

Phone 01452 907015
Email Please include:

  • your name and contact details
  • organisation name if applicable
  • assembly point and destination
  • timings and proposed route
  • anticipated numbers of participants
  • details about any petitions to be delivered

If any banners are to be used, ensure they don't pose any danger in the event of high winds and don't display any obscene or offensive content or images which run the risk of contravening public order laws.

You must give us notification if you intend to present a petition either during or at the completion of a protest march, because special arrangements usually have to be made.

Use of the road

If you intend to use any roads for the march, then authority must be sought from the owner of the road for use other than vehicular traffic. This is usually, but not always, the local authority for the area in which your event is to take place.

It may be necessary to close those roads, so a Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) may be needed.

Static protest

There is no legal requirement to notify police that you wish to hold a static protest. But it is very helpful to you and the public that you do let us know.

Phone 01452 907015
Email Please include:

  • your name and contact details
  • anticipated numbers of participants
  • event location
  • reason for event
  • start & finish time
  • details of any stewards that you have organised

Many organisations find our professional advice very useful in holding a successful event. Where possible, we can advise you on the best way to manage your event. We can make you aware of any information we have about any counter-protest. And you can ensure that your event or protest doesn't clash with another group planning to use the same venue





What happens next?

Police will assess your event and a liaison officer will be appointed to offer advice about planning a route, obtaining required road closure orders (TTRO) and any other steps you may need to take.

We may in certain circumstances provide some resources to help to make your event safe.


What else can I do?

Speak to other groups who may have organised similar events previously, as they will have their own experiences and expertise which they could share with you

Keep in contact with your nominated liaison officer, especially if you make any changes to your plan. You will be told of any policing plans and other matters relating to your event that become apparent.

Page last updated: 11 January 2018