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Royal wedding party poopers facing pre-emptive arrests

British police are readying a a "pre-emptive strike" against anarchists who are planning to disrupt the royal wedding

Scortland Yard is apparently determined to headoff the possibility of the kind of chaos which hijacked peaceful union protests march last month.

Police sources have confirmed that the Metropolitan Police will pinpoint and potentially arrest known trouble-makers in the run-up to the wedding on April 29.

Senior officers say that 60 anarchists arrested during the TUC march have bail conditions which prevent them entering central London two days before the wedding and two days after, as well as the actual day itself.

Police "spotters" -- normally used to combat football hooligans -- will be used throughout the country to watch those on bail, and anarchists who have committed public order offences at demonstrations, to ensure they are not planning on disrupting the wedding.

If intelligence shows that groups or individuals are planning on causing trouble in London on the day they could be arrested before hand on conspiracy charges. Others will be warned to stay away

British police have rejected a request by a small band of radical Islamists to stage a protest during the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Scotland Yard said yesterday.

Metropolitan Police Assistant Commissioner Lynne Owens said the force had rejected a request by Muslims Against Crusades to demonstrate outside Westminster Abbey during the April 29 wedding. She said "ongoing discussions" were taking place about whether the group would be allowed to hold a protest nearby.

A far-right group had said it planned to hold a shadow protest if the Muslim group's application was successful. Police said it was still in negotiations with the far-right English Defence League.


Irish Independent