Warning over ‘protest’ on A1 today

News from Northumbria Police
News from Northumbria Police
  • Northumbria Police said convoy at 4pm today on A1 from Morpeth
  • Organisers have told police that ‘around 1,000 drivers’ are expected to take part
  • Chief Inspector said they do not want to cause any problems for the general public

Police have warned of a ‘protest’ that is due to take place from ‘Morpeth to Leeds’ this afternoon.

This comes just weeks after a ‘planned demonstration’ took place on the A1 in memoriam for a man that died on the road near the Angel of the North.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said: “Patrols officers are working with the organisers of a protest convoy that is planning to take place on the A1 motorway on Friday, May 1.

“The peaceful protest is due to begin at 4pm today and those taking part will drive from Morpeth to Leeds and back again.

“Organisers have told police that around 1,000 drivers are expected to take part and officers are working to ensure the event passes safely and with minimal disruption to the public.”

Chief Inspector John Heckels said: “We’ve met with the organisers of the protest and they have informed us about what they have planned for today.

“They have assured us that it will be a peaceful protest, that they will comply with road regulations and laws and that they have no intention of causing any unnecessary delays or problems for other motorists.

“As car enthusiasts they do not want to cause any problems for the general public and are looking to hold a peaceful and law abiding protest similar to other protests that have been held on the country’s roads.

“We will be working closely with the group and we will have extra officers out on the roads while the convoy passes through our area.

“With it being the Friday before bank holiday weekend we expect the A1 will be busy, there are also number of roadworks ongoing at different sections and speed restrictions are in place on some sections.

“The A1 will be busier than normal between 4pm and 5pm, while the group heads south, and then again between 9pm and 10pm when the group travel back north. There may be some delays and we’d ask motorists to be patient or find alternative routes where possible.

“As a force we respect the right to peaceful protest and our role is to protect, reassure and support our communities.

“Our priority is the safety of everyone – those attending any events, the general public and in the case of this particular protest, everyone on the roads.

“We will be doing all we can today with minimal disruption to the general public.”