Police warn businesses and homeowners in central London to prepare as tens of thousands of Trump protesters expected to take to the streets

Police have issued business and homeowners with a warning amid fears trouble could break out as tens of thousands of anti-Trump protesters are expected to descend on central London.

US President Donald Trump is set to fly into the UK on Thursday for a special visit which will include military pageantry, a visit with the Queen and government talks at Chequers.

The red carpet will be rolled out for Mr Trump, but his visit has not been met with jubilation from everyone as planned protests are due to take place on his arrival.

On the same day as his arrival, around 50,000 people are planning to walk through central London to protest the President’s visit. The march will start outside the BBC building, in Portland Place, before travelling through Oxford Circus and ending in a rally at Trafalgar Square.

Donald Trump (Alex Brandon)

The Met have warned those working and living nearby about how they can prepare in a policing planning letter circulated online.

The plan warned business owners about what to expect and who to call should trouble start.

It read: “In the days leading up to the event, ensure all employees are fully briefed. Your premises should have a strong, visible management presence who should identify themselves to the police in the event of any trespassing or damage. Security officers, where possible, should be highly visible.”

The letter also detailed how many people the police expect to march, with 5,000 plus anticipated on Thursday, 10,000 expected on Friday and “tens of thousands” expected on Saturday.

Tight security at Winfield House, Regent’s Park (Alex Lentati)

On Sunday a march in support of the President has also been planned and a counter-protest to this march has been anticipated too.

In light of recent political events in the UK, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has reassured the president is still looking forward to the visit.

She said: “The president continues to look forward to his working visit with the Prime Minister on Friday and further strengthening the US-UK special relationship.”

The statement has been issued following Boris Johnson and David Davis’ resignations which has left the Prime Minister scrambling to defend her Chequers’ Brexit deal and save her premiership.

Source : https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/police-warn-businesses-and-homeowners-in-central-london-to-prepare-as-tens-of-thousands-of-trump-a3883131.html