Police clashed with thousands of anti-lockdown protestors in central London today.

Riot police were forced to run back to their vans, as demonstrators threw bottles and cans at them in Hyde Park.

A group of around 100 protestors chased police vehicles, allegedly punching and kicking them, as they left the area following a day of protests in central London.

Members of the public fled the park, with small children carried by their parents.

More than 30 people have been arrested for breaching Covid regulations.

Around 100 police officers wearing riot helmets and carrying shields arrived at Hyde Park and urged people to go home.

The protesters had gathered in the capital to oppose lockdown measures, as well as the government's Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.

Piers Corbyn, brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, gave a speech at Hyde Park corner, while actor and aspiring London Mayor Laurence Fox was also at the protest.

Many of the protesters did not wore masks as they walked through Hyde Park chanting: “Stand up, take your freedom back.”

The Met Police posted on Twitter: "As of 18:45hrs, 33 people have been arrested by officers policing the gatherings in central London.

"Most of the arrests have been for breaching COVID regulations."

Protests also took place in cities across the UK, with hundreds showing up for a march through central Manchester.

One of the protesters, Luke Scott, said he lost his source of income this year due to the lockdown and criticised the government's decision-making which he said had "no basis in science".

Police yesterday urged people to remain at home, pointing out it is currently illegal to have gatherings in groups of more than two people.

“Gathering for the purpose of a protest is not an exception under the Covid-19 regulations,” they said.

"The right to protest must be balanced against the rights of others and the protection of public health.

"In the interests of public health, the Met is telling people not to attend central London in order to gather to protest.

Protestors have branded the lockdown a "crime against humanity".

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