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Arrests at children's anti-war protest
Children on the march
The march was initially good humoured
Eight people including at least two children have been arrested at an anti-war demonstration in the centre of Leicester.

Between 200 and 300 youngsters were taking part in the protest, which became disruptive as the children tried to walk down a busy road.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer.

A 16-year-old and 22-year-old were also arrested for public order offences.

Some of the children could face disciplinary action, as they were said to be missing from lessons without permission.

Route diverted

The protest started at the Clock Tower in Leicester and was made up almost entirely of children from various schools around the city.

The demonstration was largely peaceful for the almost an hour.

But as the group attempted to move off down Humberstone Gate and on to Charles Street, officers tried to prevent them walking on to the road.

One girl involved, who did not wish to be named, said: "Once things got a little scary we all flocked up towards the road but this wasn't a good idea as people were almost getting run over."

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