Police warn of ‘inadequate safety’ at Greta Thunberg’s Bristol visit

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GRETA Thunberg is visiting Bristol tomorrow (Friday) to take part in a youth climate protest.

The 17-year-old climate activist will give a speech on College Green outside City Hall from 11am.

She will then join thousands of others on Bristol’s Youth Strike 4 Climate march through the city centre walking up to Cabot Circus, via Broadmead, and back via Castle Park.

Police are warning parents that the protest has “grown so large” it is unlikely usual safety measures will be adequate.

In a joint statement, Bristol City Council and the Avon and Somerset Police said: “We are unable to accurately predict how large this event will be however we have confirmation of people travelling from across the UK to attend.

“In terms of big crowds, there is the potential for trips, slips, falls and crushing. 

“People can easily be separated from their friends and family. 

“Mobile phone signals can be intermittent due to saturation on the communications masts.

“It is also unlikely people will be able to leave the area quickly, and access to toilets and water will be very limited. There will also be delays to public transport.

“Please do not underestimate the scale of this protest.

“The event has grown so large that the usual controls, stewarding and safety measures that are routinely put in place by the teenage Youth Strike 4 Climate organisers may not be adequate, especially for primary school children and people with disabilities.

“Parents are responsible for their children. The council and police are not responsible for unsupervised children.”  

The council will be closing the following roads (including bus stops):

Anchor Road

Park Street

St George’s Road

Baldwin Street

Victoria Street / Broadweir

Union Street / The Horsefair / Penn Street

Lewins Mead

Haymarket / Rupert Street

Greta founded the youth strike movement when she began a solo ‘climate strike’ outside the Swedish parliament in 2018.

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