The warning is just one of the conclusions contained in a wide ranging review of the way in which protests are policed.

Police officers are being urged to “think very carefully” before “taking the knee” at protests, in a report by the independent police inspectorate.

The warning is just one of the conclusions contained in a wide ranging review of the way in which protests are policed in England and Wales.

The home secretary commissioned Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary to carry out the review last September, after a year of multiple high profile protests by groups including Black Lives Matter, far right supporters and climate change campaigners.

The report also recommends police reassess the disruptive impact certain protests can have on the wider community, as part of their policing plans to deal with such demonstrations.

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