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Moment masked anti-lockdown thug hurls glass bottle at policeman’s HEAD

This is the shocking moment a masked protestor strikes a police officer with a glass bottle during an anti-lockdown demonstration in central London.

Footage taken by an onlooker shows the moment a man in a camouflage vest and hat hurls the bottle towards the line of police officers as they defend Downing Street on Saturday.

The large bottle, which appeared to be made of glass, was thrown from close range at police officers as they moved across the road. 

The injured officer appeared dazed as he clutched his head after losing his hat in the attack. He ducks down to continue walking through the crowd of protestors. 

Tens of thousands of anti-lockdown protesters marched through central London and towards No10 yesterday demanding the ‘arrest’ of Matt Hancock after he was caught breaching Covid rules by kissing his married aide while preaching the restrictions to the rest of the UK.

Anti-lockdown protesters were seen marching along through the capital before descending on Downing Street as they called for ‘freedom’ and the end to all Covid lockdown regulations after Freedom Day was delayed from June 21.

As well as demanding the end to lockdown, protesters brandished placards that demanded police ‘arrest Matt Hancock’ after he was caught breaching Covid safety regulations by kissing his married aide – despite asking the rest of the country to follow the strict restrictions.  

The protest ended in angry scenes in front of Downing Street, where flares were lit and bottles and tennis balls were hurled at police.

It is not clear if police took any action against the man who struck the officer with a bottle.

Footage taken by an onlooker shows the moment a man in a camouflage-pattern vest and hat hurls the bottle towards the line of police officers outside of Downing Street on Saturday

The officer is seen clutching his head after being struck by a glass bottle. It is not clear if police took any action against the man who launched the bottle

The officer is seen clutching his head after being struck by a glass bottle. It is not clear if police took any action against the man who launched the bottle

The large bottle was thrown from close range at police officers moving across the road. Pictured: The man in camouflage seen a split second after launching the bottle

The large bottle was thrown from close range at police officers moving across the road. Pictured: The man in camouflage seen a split second after launching the bottle

The injured policeman is seen ducking down into a huddle of officers as they try to move through the crowd towards Downing Street

The injured policeman is seen ducking down into a huddle of officers as they try to move through the crowd towards Downing Street

Government figures showed that another 18,270 people tested positive for the virus across the UK, the highest daily number since February 5

Government figures showed that another 18,270 people tested positive for the virus across the UK, the highest daily number since February 5

People in Whitehall, central London, during a #FreedomToDance march organised by Save Our Scene, in protest of the government's perceived disregard for the live music industry throughout the coronavirus pandemic

People in Whitehall, central London, during a #FreedomToDance march organised by Save Our Scene, in protest of the government’s perceived disregard for the live music industry throughout the coronavirus pandemic

People in Whitehall, central London, during a #FreedomToDance march organised by Save Our Scene, in protest of the government's perceived disregard for the live music industry throughout the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday, June 27

People in Whitehall, central London, during a #FreedomToDance march organised by Save Our Scene, in protest of the government’s perceived disregard for the live music industry throughout the coronavirus pandemic on Sunday, June 27

People in Whitehall, central London, during a #FreedomToDance march organised by Save Our Scene, in protest of the government's perceived disregard for the live music industry throughout the coronavirus pandemic

People in Whitehall, central London, during a #FreedomToDance march organised by Save Our Scene, in protest of the government’s perceived disregard for the live music industry throughout the coronavirus pandemic

Today protests continued as thousands marched through central London blocking Regent Street for the Save Our Scene demonstration, as they blasted tunes to demand the easing of lockdown restrictions on clubs. 

The protests come as the UK recorded its most new coronavirus infections since early February on Saturday, and the National Health Service ran a ‘grab a jab’ initiative to further drive up vaccination rates.

Government figures showed that another 18,270 people tested positive for the virus across the UK, the highest daily number since February 5.

Over the past week, nearly 100,000 have tested positive, around 50 per cent increase up on the week before. That has raised questions over whether lockdown restrictions will end as planned.

Demonstrators react as they gather calling for nightclubs to reopen during the Save Our Scene protest

Demonstrators react as they gather calling for nightclubs to reopen during the Save Our Scene protest

Extinction Rebellion demonstrators in Parliament Square, London, during a protest as part of the group's "free the press" campaign. Sunday June 27

Extinction Rebellion demonstrators in Parliament Square, London, during a protest as part of the group’s ‘free the press’ campaign. Sunday June 27

Demonstrators react as they gather calling for nightclubs to reopen during the Save Our Scene protest, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in London, June 27

Demonstrators react as they gather calling for nightclubs to reopen during the Save Our Scene protest, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in London, June 27

A person wears a mask depicting Britain's former Health Secretary Matt Hancock as demonstrators gather calling for nightclubs to reopen during the Save Our Scene protest

A person wears a mask depicting Britain’s former Health Secretary Matt Hancock as demonstrators gather calling for nightclubs to reopen during the Save Our Scene protest

A woman holds a placard as demonstrators gather calling for nightclubs to reopen during the Save Our Scene protest, June 27

A woman holds a placard as demonstrators gather calling for nightclubs to reopen during the Save Our Scene protest, June 27

Daily cases have risen fairly sharply over the past few weeks as a result of the delta variant, which was first identified in India and is considered by government scientists to be between 40 per cent to 80 per cent more transmissible than the previous dominant strain. It accounts for nearly all the new cases in the UK.

Most of the new confirmed cases are among younger age groups which haven’t yet received COVID-19 vaccines.

The latest spike came as hundreds of walk-in vaccination sites, including at stadiums and shopping centers, opened in England over the weekend in a bid to boost vaccine numbers, particularly among those younger age groups.

‘This is a phenomenal achievement and it’s fantastic to see so many young people coming forward for their jabs, doing their bit to protect themselves and their loved ones,’ Vaccines Minister Nadhim Zahawi said.

Demonstrators gather calling for nightclubs to reopen during the Save Our Scene protest

Demonstrators gather calling for nightclubs to reopen during the Save Our Scene protest

A demonstrator reacts as people gather calling for nightclubs to reopen during the Save Our Scene protest, June 27

A demonstrator reacts as people gather calling for nightclubs to reopen during the Save Our Scene protest, June 27

Demonstrators react as they gather calling for nightclubs to reopen during the Save Our Scene protest

Demonstrators react as they gather calling for nightclubs to reopen during the Save Our Scene protest

Demonstrators dance as they gather calling for nightclubs to reopen during the Save Our Scene protest, June 27

Demonstrators dance as they gather calling for nightclubs to reopen during the Save Our Scene protest, June 27

The spread of the variant upended the Conservative government’s plans to lift all remaining restrictions on social contact in England this week.

The plan is to lift those restrictions on July 19, but whether it will do so could largely depend on whether the vaccine rollout has created a firewall that protects the most vulnerable. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – are following similar plans.

The hope is that the link between infections and those needing hospitalisation and subsequently dying has broken because of the rapid rollout of vaccines.

As of Saturday, nearly two-thirds of the U.K. population have received at least one vaccine dose while 48 per cent have had two. 

Worries about the vaccines were heard as thousands of anti-lockdown protesters marched through central London on Saturday. Some even threw tennis balls into Downing Street, where Prime Minister Boris Johnson has his office and residence. ‘Shame on you,’ some chanted.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Matt Hancock resigned after breaking social distancing rules with an aide he was allegedly having an affair with.

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