Man charged and 13 fined in Manchester demo clashes

Student protesters in Manchester
Image caption The organised march and rally at Platt Fields was described by police as peaceful

A man has been charged and 13 others received fixed penalty notices after disturbances in Manchester during Saturday's spending cuts marches.

Police arrested 20 people over public order offences from within a group who broke away from the peaceful demonstration in Platt Fields.

A splinter group of 150 tried to charge into Next on Corporation Street.

Two men were cautioned, a 36-year-old man was released on police bail, while three were released without charge.

A 26-year-old man of no fixed abode was charged with using threatening words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress and is due before Manchester City Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

Police praised protesters at the 3,500-strong march and rally organised by the TUC, National Union of Students (NUS) and University and College Union (UCU), saying it was "good natured, very convivial and peaceful".

About 100 protesters from the splinter group were eventually contained by police on Deansgate near to the Hilton Hotel.

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