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Crowd gathers for anti-lockdown protest in central London

Eight police officers were injured after violence broke out at an anti-lockdown protest in central London attended by thousands of people.

Bottles were thrown as the Metropolitan Police attempted to disperse crowds in Hyde Park at the end of the demonstration on Saturday evening.

The force said two of the injured officers were taken to hospital but were not believed to be seriously injured. Photos posted on social media showed a female police officer bleeding from a cut to her head and a male police officer with a cut to his forehead.

Five people were arrested for offences including assault on police.

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