Armed police respond to South Yorkshire demonstration

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Armed police were called to a South Yorkshire street on Saturday afternoon because of protests in the area.

Eye-witnesses reported armed police and incident support units on Midland Road, Swinton, at around 1.30pm on Saturday, March 26.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “The police presence in Swinton was likely due to the demonstration on Saturday. A number of demonstrators got off the trains in Swinton, which lead to an increased presence in the area.

“In addition, armed police can and do perform patrol patterns, so they may have been in the area responding to an incident because they were closest.”