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Protester held during royal visit to Cambridge library

Protestors with placards

The protestors were kept well away from the Princess royal

A man protesting about public spending cuts to libraries has been arrested during a visit by the Princess Royal to Cambridgeshire.

Princess Anne was officially re-opening Cambridge Central Library, which recently underwent a £7.5m revamp.

The 55-year-old was protesting with the group Cambridgeshire Against the Cuts. The county council said it needed to make savings of about £1.1m next year.

The man was later released without charge.

Campaign spokesman Tom Woodcock said: "Princess Anne needs to know what is happening.

Library review

"The protest was not against her, it was against the county council.

"It is ironic that they are opening a state-of-the-art library but are letting the other facilities crumble.

"They should not have to suffer because of the recession."

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire County Council said: "We are carrying out a review of library services to see if they can be delivered more efficiently and effectively while protecting frontline services.

"The review is ongoing and no firm proposals have been made.

"We have, however, invested heavily in new libraries and state-of-the-art facilities such as Central Library."



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