Violent protests against UK police bill erupt in Bristol

"Projectiles, including eggs and glass bottles, are being thrown at officers. Protesters are also pulling at officers’ shields while lasers are being shone in their faces," the local Avon and Somerset Police said in a tweet.

"We will not tolerate violent disorder," the local police force added.

Thousands of demonstrators had converged on the city centre, ignoring COVID-19 restrictions, to protest against a government bill going through parliament that would give police new powers to restrict street protests.